Governors ‘didn’t skip Kahiga fete’
Governors have denied snubbing Monday’s swearing-in of Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga as he took the blame for failing to invite them on time.
The Council of Governors allayed fears of sidelining Mr Kahiga, who took over after the death of Dr Wahome Gakuru in an accident along the Nairobinyeri highway last week.
Yesterday, Mr Kahiga told a press conference that the sudden change in the date of the ceremony led to the mishap.
“It is not their fault that they were not able to make it to Nyeri,” said Mr Kahiga. “Being a deputy governor and now a governor in unfortunate circumstances, it escaped my mind that we needed to invite the governors through the Council of Governors.”
The governor had initially announced that he would take the oath of office after the burial of Dr Gakuru on November 18. He admitted that the invitations were sent on Sunday evening.
Some governors were held up at a meeting in Nairobi for Dr Gakuru’s burial arrangements, he added, noting that he had received congratulatory messages from some of his colleagues.
In a press statement by Director of Communication Andrew Teyie, the COG said it received the invitation on a short notice but informed the other 46 governors.
“Governors seek to clarify the misconception that they snubbed the swearing-in ceremony of the Nyeri governor yesterday,” said Mr Teyie.
Kirinyaga deputy governor Peter Ndamiri however attended the ceremony, the only deputy governor to do so. The Senate sent Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and the national government ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.
COG chairman Josephat Nanok was said to be out of the country but sent his congratulatory message to Mr Kahiga.
The COG said it had conveyed members’ apologies and asked Kenyans to “stick to the issue at hand as the council lays to rest one of its members”.
The Governor of Nyeri County, Mr Mutahi Kahiga, displays a document moments after he took his oath of office at the county headquarters in Nyeri town on Monday.