In Summary
  • No one could change what the Constitution stipulates concerning the assumption of office when a county boss dies.
  • Meru teachers have been demanding that Mr Kahiga be sworn in on Monday.

Nyeri leaders on Sunday came out strongly to deny claims of a plot to block the swearing-in of Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga as the county boss.

The event is set for Monday.

Word has been going round that Mr Kahiga is being compelled to step down to pave the way for a by-election that would usher in a new governor and his team.

Mr Kahiga, however, dismissed claims that he has been under pressure to resign, following the death of Dr Wahome Gakuru in a road accident last week.

NIGHT MEETINGS

He made the remarks as former Senator Mutahi Kagwe also denied allegations that he was among leaders in the county attending night meetings in a bid to block the swearing-in of Mr Kahiga as governor.

The deputy governor said the leaders accused of piling pressure on him to resign, on the contrary, had pushed him to take the oath of office before the burial.

Mr Kahiga wanted to wait until the governor was buried. “I need to correct the impression that has been created that I was under pressure not to be sworn in. I had made a personal decision to give my brother a decent send-off before being sworn in,” he said.

He added: “I wanted to ensure a dignified funeral for our leader and mentor, but having listened to the leaders, I am left with no choice but to take this legal step.”

The deputy governor was responding to claims of night meetings being held by prominent politicians and businessmen opposed to his assumption of office.

Mr Kagwe, who vied unsuccessfully for the governor’s position in the August 8 elections, said no one could change what the Constitution stipulates concerning the assumption of office when a county boss dies.

SWORN IN

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