Murkomen's first action after resignation of Igathe
Mr Igathe resigned on Friday after he walked out of a meeting with Sonko in Mombasa.
The bill prompted by recent developments in Nyeri County, which currently has no governor and the recent resignation of Nairobi County Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe on Friday has sparked controversy, leaving the serving governors without their deputies, yet they are constitutionally required.
If approved, the Bill will give the Governors yet another chance to appoint their deputies and present the name to county assembly for approval, in just 14 days after the said office fell vacant. The final occupant to of the office, the bill proposes, would have been grilled by the parliament.
“I am going to expedite debate on the bill after what has happened in Nairobi,” Mr Murkomen.
The bill, according to the senator, would be effective in cases where the Deputy Governor dies, resigns or is imprisoned for a period which renders their services obsolete in their office.
In Nyeri County, for example, Governor Mutahi Gahika has been running the governor’s office (having being the former Deputy Governor) after he took office from his predecessor, Dr Gakuru Wahome, who died in a road crash.
The constitution, however, is mum on the replacement of the office, and it appears it will be vacant for the next five years, should the legislation flop.
On Friday, Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe resigned from his office effective January 31, leaving the office vacant. Mr Igathe, a corporate management guru and technocrat, cited frustrations from his boss Mike Sonko, whom he accused of frustrating his efforts to perform the administart9ove duties. He said that he had failed to earn the trust of the Governor.
“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive Admin & Management of the county,” he said on Friday via Twitter.
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