Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, Monday said he was under no pressure to appoint his deputy amid intense lobbying following Supreme Court’s ruling that gave the nod to governors to appoint new deputies in the event of a vacancy.
The Supreme Court in its advisory upheld that deputy governor’s position could not be vacant until a new term or election, saying the constitution does not envisage a vacancy upon death, impeachment or resignation of a governor.
The ruling followed an advisory sought by Embu County Assembly following the impeachment of Governor Martin Wambora that also declared that governors were at liberty to nominate individuals to the office after which the county assembly will within 60 days, approve or reject the choice.
Mr. Kahiga, formerly the Deputy Governor of Nyeri, became governor following the death of Mr. Wahome Gakuru in a road accident in 2017.
Kahiga was speaking when he foresaw distribution of 18 tonnes of potato seedlings to Kieni farmers ahead of the coming planting season.
He said he was under no pressure to appoint a deputy and that the selection and choice will be done in consultation with his legal team.
He said the selection process was not an event, but a process that should culminate in the selection of an individual that would easily gel with him as well as carry visionary leadership traits of his predecessor.
While admitting that there was a lot of lobbying from various quarters, the governor said no amount of pressure would force him to pick a candidate that is not of his own choice.
He said many factors were at play over the right choice of the candidate, but the interest and service provision to residents should be given priority.
I cannot over emphasize the need to have a deputy, but our interest is to do what is best for Nyeri people, governor Kahiga said.
Even as speculation was rife on potential candidates with many suggestions pointing towards former governor, Samuel Wamathai, former Women Rep, Priscilla Nyokabi and businessman Githenji Kinyanjui, the governor pointed towards a surprise candidate.
Source: Kenya News Agency