NAIROBI IS IN CRISIS BECAUSE OF EX-DEPUTY GOVERNOR IGATHE RESIGNATION, VOTERS TELL COURT.

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Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko with former Deputy governor Polycarp Igathe.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Two Nairobi voters have asked the court to overturn Polycarp Igathe resignation as deputy Governor.

Somin Kokoyo and Javan Owala have asked the court to either overturn the decision or issue a declaration that the executive committee of Nairobi County is not properly constituted.

According to the two, Governor Mike Sonko and his running mate Igathe came to office through an elective process and therefore the governor cannot appoint his or her deputy incase a vacancy arises.

“The continuous undermining of the constitutional role of deputy governor sets a dangerous precedent to the rule of law, constitutionalism and is an upfront to the spirit of devolution in Kenya,” they say.

They said the resignation of Igathe will throw the county into a leadership crisis and the rights of its residents under article 38 will be prejudiced since the absence of the deputy governor will directly affect the functioning of the officer of the governor.

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“The constitution assumes that both the governor and the deputy are a pair during their term of office since they were elected as a package”

Igathe announced his resignation on his Twitter account saying that he has failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable him to drive Admin & Management of the county..

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