Sonko Given 7-day Ultimatum to Name Deputy Governor

  • A section of Nairobi MCAs has given Governor Mike Sonko seven days to nominate a deputy governor or face legal action.

    Led by minority chief whip Peter Imwatok, the Ward Reps maintained that the county is in a turmoil because the governor lacked a deputy to advise him.

    Imwatok told a press conference at City Hall stated: “We see how the county is, garbage everywhere, roads are in bad condition and all the blame is directed at the governor. He needs a deputy to advise him and do some of these jobs, especially supervisory.”

    The MCA added: “We don’t care about the tribe. Nairobi has many people, professionals. All we want is a deputy."

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    Governor Sonko has been criticised over the deplorable state of roads, garbage menace, growing number of street families and traffic gridlocks.

    On March 9, the Supreme Court gave an advisory to Sonko and his Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kahiga to nominate deputies.

    The court gave the governors 14 days to nominate deputies and forward the names to their county assemblies for consideration within 60 days.

    It has, however, been argued that the court advisory was not an order that the governors had to comply with, Imwatok maintained that Sonko ignored the directive.

    “I don’t believe the mess we are seeing in Nairobi would be here if Igathe was still the deputy. We need a deputy to help the governor deliver,” the Ward Rep stated.

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    Sonko has in the recent past stated he was considering appointing a woman from the Kikuyu community as his deputy.