Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, has nominated Dr. Caroline Wanjiru Karugu, to deputize him.
Dr. Karugu’s name has already been forwarded to the Nyeri County Assembly for vetting and once approved she will be Kahiga’s Deputy for the rest of his term.
The Assembly in its official twitter handle confirmed that it had received the nominee for the position of Deputy Governor.
Dr. Karugu is the Chair of the Board Technical Committee Geothermal Development Company with over 12 years experience in regional capital markets and financial services.
She is an alumnus of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Germany) and the University of Leicester (UK) has a wealth of regional capital markets and financial services experience spanning over 12 years in various organizations among them Britam.
Before Joining Britam in October 2013, she worked for the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) as the Investor Relations and Communications manager.
She is currently the Managing Director of Jabali Microserve Limited. If approved by the Assembly, she will become the first woman Deputy Governor for Nyeri.
The nomination comes after the Senate passed law allowing for governors to nominate their deputies should there be a vacancy.
The Deputy Governor’s seat in Nyeri fell vacant after Kahiga was sworn in office following the tragic death of Dr. Wahome Gakuru in November last year through a tragic road accident.
Her nomination is expected to bring to an end intense lobbying for the seat by local leaders within Nyeri who were angling themselves for the coveted post.
Among those said to have been interested in the post included former area Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi, Former Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai and Athi Water Board Chairman Wachira Keen.