Even before the fourth governor of Nyeri Mutahi Kahiga warms his seat, intense lobbying, canvassing and jostling for the Nyeri deputy governor seat has begun in earnest.
Two politicians are directly and through their agents courting Governor Kahiga to have them considered for the number two position when parliament and the upper house pass the law for the creation of that position. At the moment, the law is clear that in the event the governor passes on, resigns or gets impeached the deputy takes over the position, but the same law is silent if or not and how the position of the deputy governor would be filled.
Of late, the immediate former Nyeri county women representative Priscilla Nyokabi has been seen hobnobbing with g Kahiga setting her eyes on the number two position when the law is passed. The proposed Bill clearly indicates that when it gets enacted into law, the governor has powers to appoint a qualified person to take over the position but it has to be approved by the county assembly.
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In this regard Nyokabi is seen as a frontrunner for the Nyeri Deputy Governor seat while Gethenji Kinyanjui alias Cocolico has also set his eyes on the same position. Nyokabi came second to Rahab Mukami in the last general elections. The two were contesting for the seat of women representative in Nyeri county. In the same elections, Cocolico teamed up with immediate area former governor Wamathai Githaiga for gubernatorial race with cocolico as his running mate.
The Nyeri Deputy Governor seat was won by the departed governor Dr Wahome Gakuru with a landslide and comfortable majority. Other reports indicate that both Kahiga and Nyokabi are key political allies of road construction mogul senator Ephraim Maina.
Sources further reveal, the Kahiga forces led by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua are planning to have a vote of no confidence in the new governor.They will then lure the deputy not to be sworn thus neccesiting a by-election. Already, the new governor is at war with several opinion shapers across Nyeri county terming Kahiga’s recent remarks as unfortunate, uncalled for and reckless insinuating that the official limousine in which his former boss perished in a fatal road accident was faulty and that Gakuru, before his untimely demise, had indicated to him that the vehicle had full potential of killing him in a road carnage.
Kahiga addressing lecturers, students and other members of Dedan Kimathi Memorial University at the campus during a memorial service for the repose of the soul of the departed governor-cum-varsity don made the claims.
“The remarks made by the incoming governor subvert and undermines preliminary investigations that have already been launched by detectives to establish the unclear circumstances in which the horrific carnage happened. The unfortunate remarks could be interpreted to mean that his county administration has admitted liability at the expense of the insurance compensation of the vehicle and the occupants.
Kahiga further, regretted that the car crash that claimed the life of Gakuru has robbed the country a future presidential material who was an erudite policy maker and a brilliant economist and he was one of the architects of Vision 2030 where he served as its director in the presidency.