Governor Mike Sonko says he will nominate a candidate for the Nairobi Deputy Governor seat on Friday.
Speaking to a local TV station in Mombasa on Wednesday, Sonko has announced he will also unveil a new full Cabinet on the same day.
“Tukirudi Nairobi, nakuja na full cabinet nakuja na Deputy Governor…” (When I return to Nairobi, I will come with the full cabinet and a deputy governor)" Sonko says.
The Nairobi Deputy Governor seat fell vacant after the resignation of Polycarp Igathe on January 31st, 2018. Igathe cited frosted relationship with Sonko as the reason for his exit.
“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1 pm 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. Without fear, favor or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” Igathe announced in a tweet.
In May, Sonko nominated deported lawyer Miguna Miguna to the position, but the Nairobi County Assembly rejected the appointment citing his unresolved citizenship status.
In October 2018, Sonko announced he has settled on either Jane Weru and Karen Nyamu to fill the position.
Ms. Nyamu is a lawyer by profession while Ms. Weru is the executive director of Akiba Mashinani Trust, an NGO that deals with housing development & finance.