Ny­eri county ex­ec­u­tives lose jobs after only a week

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Grace Gi­tau

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

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