In Summary
  • Kahiga appears to be sending strong messages to powerful politicians who have been claiming a stake to his political success.
  • Members of the secretariat told Nation they approached Mr Kahiga and discussed how they would work together after the death of Dr Gakuru.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga’s recent line-up of appointees has caused great disquiet among a section of leaders and members of the secretariat established by former Governor Wahome Gakuru.

Mwalimu Kahiga, as he is fondly referred to, was sworn in as the fourth governor after the tragic death of Dr Gakuru in an accident on the Nairobi-Nyeri highway.

Dr Gakuru died barely two months after taking oath of office.

Succeeding a Phd holder, who had earned praises for being visionary, is a tall order for many people. Mwalimu Kahiga has been working hard to meet the county’s high expectations.

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On Friday, he appointed Othaya businessman Ndirangu Mwangi as his economic advisor, a position that had been promised to the late Dr Gakuru’s ally.

Mr Mwangi, who runs Choice Microfinance Bank, was also eyeing the deputy governor seat.

The appointment came barely a day after nominating Ms Caroline Wanjiru Karugu to the position of deputy governor.

The governor appears to be sending strong messages to powerful politicians who have been claiming a stake to his political success.

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