Nairobians move to court over Igathe resignation

Nairobians seek court intervention on Deputy governor post

The two (Simon and Owala) claim that the constitution does not provide for a vacancy in the Office of a Deputy Governor. They have sued Jubilee Party, Governor Sonko and the attorney general with the argument that Igathe’s move to quit is dangerous for the County.

Former Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe resigned in January with claims that Governor Sonko failed to trust him which he said was key for him to work at the County.

Simon and Owala want the court to challenge Igathe’s move to step down.

“The continuous undermining of the constitutional role of deputy governor sets a dangerous precedent to the rule of law, constitutionalism and is an upfront to the spirit of devolution in Kenya,” they said in an affidavit.

They have further asserted that the vacancy of the deputy governor post will affect operations of the governor. They alleged that city residents’ rights will have been violated according to article 38 if things don’t go smoothly in the County.

“The constitution stipulates that a governor and his deputy are elected on a joint ticket. There cannot be a vacancy in the office of a Deputy Governor,” they added.

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