Salim Mvurya Nanok loses top seat to Jubilee Governor

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Mvurya ditched Raila's ODM party for Jubilee Party in the run up to the August elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kwale governor Salim Mvurya at Kikoneni Trading Centre earlier play

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kwale governor Salim Mvurya at Kikoneni Trading Centre earlier


Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya who is playing host to the ongoing Governors Induction conference was on Friday elected to the position of the chairman of the Council of Governors putting to an end the term of Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok effective June 2017.

In August, President Uhuru Kenyatta met governors elected on Jubilee Party ticket and its affiliates where they agreed to elect Mr Mvurya as chairman of the Council of Governors.

Mr Mvurya, who defected from the opposition and won re-election, previously served as deputy chairman of the CoG for two terms (four years) under former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

play Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani open Mwena maternity. (Courtesy)


Mr Mvurya is understood to have won over the heart of President Uhuru Kenyatta after he intensified campaigns for his re-election in both in August and October polls.

Kwale deputy governor Fatuma Achani said he is the right person for the post because of his experience as deputy chair of CoG. Mr Mvurya will be deputised by Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru.

Mr Mvurya, who is serving his second term as Kwale County Governor, becomes the fourth governor to head the council after former Bomet governor Isaac Rutto, former Meru Governor Peter Munya and Josphat Nanok.

The Kwale boss was re-elected on a Jubilee ticket in the August 8 poll after he ditched ODM.

He expressed confidence of winning saying he is experienced as he served for two terms as deputy chair of the council.

Mr Mvurya vowed to unite governors in the 47 counties if elected and to work closely with the government for development.

play Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya chats with Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok and Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri among other guests at Diani Reef Hotel, December 14, 2017. (Courtesy)


Waiguru on the other hand said she believes in herself as a leader and she will deliver effectively because she enjoys support from locals.

While opening the induction conference on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned NASA Governors routing for secession that stern action will be taken against them. The induction which begun Thursday will end on Saturday.


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