Gov­er­nors ‘didn’t skip Kahiga fete’

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY GRACE GI­TAU

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.

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