Nyeri county executives lose jobs after only a week
Nyeri County executives have lost their jobs barely a week after they were sworn in, following the death of Governor Wahome Gakuru.
The executives took oath of office on October 30, but ceased to hold office on November 7.
Article 179 of the Constitution stipulates that if a vacancy arises in the office of the county governor, the members of the county executive committee appointed under Clause (2)(b) cease to hold office.
County Secretary Benjamin Gachichio and nine executives have, however, been included in a county committee tasked with making burial arrangements for their boss.
Former government spokesperson Muthui Kariuki, who had been appointed to head the Infrastructure and Communication docket, is responsible for relaying information to the media.
Deputy governor Mutahi Kahiga has an option of retaining the executives or making new appointments.
Nyeri Speaker John Kaguchia said if the incoming governor decides to form a fresh cabinet, the new names would have to be tabled in the Assembly for approval.
“If [he]decides to retain the executives, then we will only hold another swearing-in ceremony. But if [he] opts for an entirely fresh team then the nominees will have to be vetted and approved by the Assembly,” he said.
He indicated that details on the succession would be communicated once they have accorded Dr Gakuru, a former director of Vision 2030, a befitting send-off.
“It is not necessary to get into the details of the transition to allow Kenyans to grieve and come to terms with the loss of the governor. When we will have laid our governor to rest then we get into details,” he said, noting that the assembly will support the new governor.
But Mr Kahiga has hinted at retaining the executives since he had picked the names together with Dr Gakuru.
“I will work with these people to deliver Dr Gakuru’s vision for the people of Nyeri,” he said an interview.
After their swearing in, Dr Gakuru told the executives to start delivering on their mandates immediately and warned them against engaging in corruption.“we promised to deliver economic growth anchored on transparency and accountability. The public expectation in all areas is heightened as such I call upon you to begin work immediately,” he said.
Attorney-general Githu Muigai, in a precedent-setting move after the death of Nyeri’s first governor Nderitu Gachagua, argued that an officer who had served in the previous administration is deemed to have been vetted and enjoyed the confidence of the county administration.
“In these circumstances, the question of vetting of suitability of such a member retained does not arise,” a letter addressed to then Speaker David Mugo had said.
I will work with these people to deliver Dr Gakuru’s vision for the people of Nyeri” MUTAHI KAHIGA | INCOMING GOVERNOR Incoming governor has an option of retaining the executives or making new appointments