Sakaja Reveals Jubilee's Plan After Igathe's Resignation

  • By Rodgers Omondi on Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 11:54am
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  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Saturday revealed that the Jubilee Party leadership will try to negotiate a deal between Governor Mike Sonko and his outgoing deputy Polycarp Igathe.

    Speaking on Saturday, the Senator noted that the Senate will also work to close the gaps in the Constitution that do not envisage situations where the deputy Governor's position is left vacant.

    "We know there are some clauses of the Constitution that are not quite clear, we are looking at the law to ensure Nyeri and Nairobi get deputy governors. In Nairobi, we will try and broker a deal,” Sakaja was quoted by Citizen Digital.

    Elsewhere, the Senate Committee on Devolution noted that Governor Sonko is set to be summoned to explain what happened leading to the resignation of his deputy.

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    Meanwhile, Mr Igathe on Friday issued a notice of resignation from his position as Sonko's deputy effective January 31, 2018.

    Through a statement on his Twitter account, the Nairobi Deputy Governor stated that he had failed to earn the trust of Governor Sonko.

    "Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1 pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive admin and management of the county.

    "Without fear, favor or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far," he stated.

    In a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Igathe thanked the Governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of Nairobi.

    " Serving Kenyans, in Nairobi under your leadership, has been a high honor and distinct privilege. I am grateful to Nairobians and yourself for giving me the opportunity to serve. Thank you, and please accept my highest personal regards," the statement read in part.

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    Following his notice of resignation, Nairobi is set to become the second county with no deputy governor after Nyeri lost its governor last year and his position taken over by Mutahi Kahiga who is yet to get a principal assistant.

     

     

     

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