Sonko expected to reshuffle cabinet, appoint woman deputy governor on Friday

Governor Mike Sonko in Mombasa on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. /GPS
Governor Mike Sonko in Mombasa on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. /GPS
One year after the resignation of his deputy governor, Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is set to appoint a replacement on Friday.

While addressing the media at a Mombasa hotel, Sonko said he has already settled on the person who will replace Polycarp Igathe.

Sonko said the delays in the appointment were caused by ‘consultation between various stakeholders’ including his party.

“After a year, I have finally settled on one person whom I will name of Friday,” he said.

The governor hinted to the Star, that he will definitely appoint a woman for gender equality.

He, however, refused to give more details saying people should be patient.

Reports indicate the governor is likely to appoint someone from the Central region.

The governor further downplayed rumours that the city is in crisis without a deputy.

“We are very stable without a DG. No crisis whatsoever,” he noted.

In August last year, Sonko requested his supporters on his social media pages to pick a deputy for him among four names he had given out.

Among those he suggested likely to take the seat were Agnes Kagure, Bishop Marget Wanjiru, Karen Nyamu and Jane Weru.

He had also included Miguna Miguna who turned down the offer.

Sonko also said he will also name his new Cabinet after making changes.

He noted that he will retain CECs who have shown the will to work for the mwananchi while the corrupt ones will be shown the door.

On January 2018, while tendering his resignation, Igathe said he had failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable him to drive Administration and Management of the county.

He added: ” Without fear, favour or ill will, I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,”

Before his resignation, Igathe had denied claims of a fallout with Sonko.

His resignation also came after massive complaints from Nairobians that the two have not been able to do a better job in the city.

On Tuesday, Education CEC Janet Ouko resigned.

She initially said she had a good working relationship with Sonko and resigned to pursue other interests, but changed tune. On Wednesday she said Sonko had low self-esteem and intimidated staff.



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