Swearing-in of new Nyeri governor postponed

Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga
Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga

The swearing in of Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga as the 4th Governor of Nyeri County that had been slated for tomorrow, Thursday, has now been postponed indefinitely.

According to Nyeri County CeC in charge of Infrastructure and Communication Muthui Kariuki, this follows advice from Council of Governors led by Chairman Josphat Nanok to postpone the event.

However, CoG has denied issuing the postponement notice.

According to David Mugo, the governor’s legal advisor, Kahiga is set to complete the elective term of the second county government and will serve until 2022 with all powers and privileges.

Mugo says a by-election is not necessitated by the governor’s death irrespective of the time it occurs.

The late Gakuru died on Tuesday, November 7, from injuries sustained in a road accident in Kabati on the Thika-Kenol highway.

According to Article 182 of the Constitution, when the office of the County Governor becomes vacant I due to death the deputy governor assumes the office for the remainder of the term.

The swearing in comes two days after the death of Dr Gakuru akin to that of the late Governor Nderitu Gachagua who died in February while undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, the United Kingdom.

Two days after Governor Gachagua’s death, Nyeri County Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai was sworn in as the governor for the remainder of the term running to August 8 election.

The late Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru will be buried on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Nyeri County.

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