Nairobi governor Mike Sonko’s communications director Jacob Elkana has explained why the governor failed to announce his deputy on Friday as he had promised earlier and revealed when the highly-anticipated announcement would be made.

Elkana divulged that the delay has been occasioned by consensus building and consultation on the appropriate individual for the post.

Former Nairobi County Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe
Former Nairobi County Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe

In particular, he pointed out that with the entry of opposition chief Raila Odinga into the picture through the handshake deal, it is no longer a Jubilee party affair neither is it an individual’s decision.

Due to the stakes and interest in the post it was necessary to reach out to all leaders across the political affair.

Elkana was quoted in a section of the press stating that "Nairobi is a big county and it is not about Sonko alone. So he has to factor all aspects including political and others…he (Sonko) was engaging other parties which include the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Jubilee Party.”

Elkana assured the public that the process is progressing well and is almost complete and an announcement would be made soon.

Nairobi has been operating without a Deputy Governor ever since the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in January after what he termed “failing to earn the trust of his boss”.

Sonko has in the past revealed that he is keen on having a female occupy the position in the spirit of gender equality and women empowerment.