In Summary
  • Dr Gakuru died in a road accident last week at Kabati, on the Nyeri-Nairobi highway, in Murang’a County.
  • Governor Kahiga announced that he would retain the county executives that they had picked with Dr Gakuru.

Former trade unionist Edward Mutahi Kahiga was sworn in as the fourth Governor of Nyeri County on Monday in a colourful ceremony skipped by other county bosses.

The 57-year-old former teacher, who was accompanied by his wife Caroline Wamaitha Mutahi, officially replaced his erstwhile boss Wahome Gakuru.

Dr Gakuru died in a road accident last week at Kabati, on the Nyeri-Nairobi highway, in Murang’a County.

SUPPORT
Justice Jarius Ngaa conducted the ceremony, which was initially scheduled to be held after Dr Gakuru’s burial, at the Nyeri County headquarters.

Mr Samuel Wamathai, who took over as governor early this year following the death of Nderitu Gachagua in a London hospital, was among the more than 500 residents at the ceremony.

Mr Mutahi Kahiga

Mr Mutahi Kahiga waves at residents after he was sworn in as the fourth governor of Nyeri on November 13, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Surprisingly, none of the other 46 governors showed up.

Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi and Kiambu’s Ferdinand Waititu had, however, attended a related prayer meeting on Sunday, where they pledged their support for Mr Kahiga.

COUNTY EXECUTIVES
The Senate sent Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen while the national government was represented by ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru, who is chairing the national organising committee for Dr Gakuru’s burial.

Nyeri leaders present included County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia, Senator Ephraim Maina and the six MPs.

Also present was Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri and several Gachagua-era officials.

Governor Kahiga announced that he would retain the county executives that they had picked with Dr Gakuru.

PERFORMANCE

The ministers had been approved by the County Assembly and sworn in but will have to take the oath of office afresh.

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