In Summary
  • The ‘Nation’ has learnt that three names have been floated as possible nominees for position of  deputy governor.

  • Former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo touted as possible deputy governor nominees.

A leadership crisis is looming in Nairobi County after Governor Mike Sonko was on Wednesday barred from accessing his office yet the devolved unit lacks a deputy governor.

All eyes are now on the beleaguered governor, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ward representatives to chart the way forward to avert a crisis.

NOMINEES

Will Sonko appoint a deputy, will President Kenyatta suspend the county government, or will the ward reps take the bold step to impeach the governor and pave the way for Speaker Beatrice Elachi to act in the position?

These are the questions that need to be resolved in the coming days.

The Nation has learnt that three names have been floated as possible nominees for the position of deputy governor, which has been vacant since the resignation of Mr Polycarp Igathe in January last year.

A source privy to the succession plans at City Hall told the Nation that former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru is being fronted by the Kieleweke faction in the ruling Jubilee Party.

On the other hand, the name of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) secretary-general Edwin Sifuna, according to the source, has been forwarded by the opposition party for consideration.

HANDSHAKE

Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is also being mentioned as a possible nominee.

“What I know is that Mr Waweru is the front-runner for the deputy governor’s position as he has been discussed for a very long time. On the other hand, Nasa wants Sifuna to be considered in the spirit of the handshake,” said the source.

Mr Waweru, however, steered clear of the talk, saying “I have not heard anything.”

However, another source said Mr Waweru no longer sees eye to eye with Sonko and convincing the governor to appoint him would be a long shot. “Sonko will only appoint somebody who will take care of his interests.''

SPECIAL SITTING

“He (Sonko) feels it is the system that is behind his current woes. The only thing that can convince him is if a trade-off is negotiated; his case being dropped in exchange for appointing their preferred choice,” added the source, who sought anonymity.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has also written to the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka asking for a special sitting to discuss the situation in Nairobi County.

“The exceptional situation that has arisen affects Nairobi City County and indeed creates an unprecedented state of affairs that requires the urgent attention of the Senate.

“This is, therefore, to request you to exercise your jurisdiction under Standing Order No 1 and call an urgent special sitting of the Senate in order for the Senate to discuss the exceptional situation prevailing in Nairobi with the aim of giving direction and/or resolving to take legal or legislative action in the interest of Nairobi residents,” the letter, dated December 11, says.

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