In Summary
  • A county boss exuded confidence that they will settle for the best candidate to champion devolution as has been the case with the outgoing chair.
  • Governor Nanok, who had been re-elected in the dramatic polls to complete his first one-year term, failed to surrender his position as agreed.

County bosses were last evening frantically trying to reach a consensus on the new leadership of the Council of Governors (CoG) to avoid divisive elections slated for tomorrow.

The Sunday Nation learnt that there were a flurry of meetings to try and manage the transition of the leadership from the team chaired by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, who has served his one-term limit and is seeking re-election with at least four of his colleagues also jostling for the seat.

Mr Nanok, Mr Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Kisumu’s Anyang Nyong’o and Uasin Gishu’s Jackson Mandago are reported to have been asked by colleagues to agree among themselves who would succeed the incumbent to avoid a divisive poll.

Also said to be interested in the chairperson post are Kwale’s Salim Mvurya and Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru.

Governors were also reaching out to the candidates separately hours to the elections during which the county chiefs will also elect their vice-chairman, council whip and chairs of committees.

DEMEANOUR

Should there be no consensus by today, then the county bosses will have to go for elections.

The team picked tomorrow will take over at a defining moment when county chiefs are pressing for timely disbursement and increased allocation of funds.

The council has also been trying to revive the stalled regional blocs through which partnerships among neighbouring counties are intended to help drive economic growth.

The election to be held at Movenpick Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi, is being keenly watched by the national government for different reasons.

The leadership of non-combative chairpersons in the likes of Mr Nanok - elected on an ODM party ticket - has been a welcome relief to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

Ex-chairmen, former governors Isaac Ruto and Peter Munya, were combative and abrasive and openly criticised the government on different issues, especially those relating to devolution since 2013.

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