Governors dismiss reports that they snubbed Kahiga swearing-in

Written By: Sylvester Rutto

Dr. Kahiga Mutahi
Teyie stated that Nanok and Governor’s lobby body had sent congratulatory messages to Kahiga

The Council of Governors (CoG) has dismissed media reports that the governors snubbed the swearing in ceremony of the fourth Nyeri governor, Dr. Kahiga Mutahi.

In a statement the CoG Director of Communication, Andrew Teyie, clarified that most governors could not attend the ceremony due to the short timing of the invitation that was send through an email late on Sunday.

Teyie however, said that most of the governors registered their apologies for not attending, through the council.

” The Council of Governors was invited to the ceremony on Sunday evening through an email and the communication was immediately shared with the Governors. However due to the short timing of the ceremony, the Council registered its apologies.” Read the statement from the CoG.

Teyie also noted that the Council of Governors chairperson,  Josphat Nanok, is out of the Country on official duty and had since congratulated governor Mutahi.

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” The Council of Governors fully supports H.E Kahiga Mutahi and the people of Nyeri County. The Council of Governors is wholly involved in the late Dr. Wahome Gakuru National funeral planning committee and the Governors are deeply involved in programme.”

The clarification comes just a day after the governor was sworn in, in a colorful ceremony on Monday.

The 57 year old former teacher replaces Dr. Wahome Gakuru who died in a road accident at Kabati on the Nyeri-Nairobi highway in Murang’a County.

Elsewhere, the Migori county assembly is Tuesday expected to pass a motion for the formation of a People’s Assembly, as part of the NASA coalition’s quest for electoral justice.

Migori County women representative, Pamella Odhiambo, said they would ensure that the motion is passed Tuesday. She noted that other regions allied to the opposition had passed the motion and there was no need for Migori to delay the decision.

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Migori joins four other counties in western Kenya that have already adopted the proposal to form the People’s Assembly.

On Thursday, Busia, Vihiga and Homa Bay counties approved the formation of the assemblies, a day after Siaya County.

In Busia, the bill was adopted following a motion moved by Deputy Minority Leader, Moses Ochieng’ and seconded by Malaba Central Ward MCA, Bernard Papa.

In Vihiga, the motion was introduced for debate by Majority Leader Wycliffe Masini, who noted that it would enable residents discuss issues of great importance on proper governance.

In Homa Bay, the motion for the adoption was moved by Assembly Deputy Majority Leader, Ruth Ombura.

Meanwhile, two nominees to the Machakos County Executive Committee whose names were thrown out by the county assembly during vetting have sued a petitioner whose affidavits were among the grounds relied upon to discredit their appointment.  

Naomi Mutie and Faith Wathome who had been proposed to head Water and Education dockets respectively have filed a case against the petitioner, Charles Kyalo and a lawyer, Alfred Muia-who purportedly swore the said affidavits which were later withdrawn by the petitioner.

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Kyalo and Muia appeared before senior resident magistrate, Irene Kahuya where they denied a total of eight counts of forgery and conspiracy to defeat justice.

The committee cited incompetence, lack of desired experience, mismatch of professional background as well as integrity issues as some of the grounds against which some five nominees were found unfit to hold various dockets.

Governor Mutua has accused the assembly of engaging in mischief and partisan politics in rejecting his nominees for his cabinet.

The case comes for mention on 28/11/2017.


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