In Summary
  • Mr Kahiga said his decision to be sworn into office was informed by legal obligations.
  • Knut officials in the county had demanded Mr Kahiga’s immediate swearing in.
  • A requiem mass for Dr Gakuru will be held at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.

Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga will be sworn in as governor on Monday after a series of contradicting statements that have created confusion over his assumption of office.

On Wednesday, the county spokesperson had announced that the Mr Kahiga would be sworn in on Thursday but retracted that statement saying the swearing in had been postponed.

Mr Kahiga later said that he will take oath office after Dr Wahome Gakuru’s burial insisting that there is no vacuum.

Dr Gakuru died in a grisly road crash at Kabati in Murang’a.

LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

On Friday Mr Kahiga announced his change of heart saying his decision to be sworn into office was informed by legal obligations.

“After a lot of consultation and pressure I have decided to take oath of office because there are issues that legally need to be dealt with so that nothing we do will be considered illegal,” he said.

He also dismissed claims that there were external forces interfering with his assumption of office.

“I need to correct this image that has been created that we were under pressure not to be sworn in. I had made a personal decision to give my brother a decent send-off then we can do the rest later,” he said.

Mr Kahiga was meeting county leaders at Green Hills Hotel to make arrangements for Dr Gakuru’s burial which will be on November 18.

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