Mutahi Kahiga has been sworn in as the fourth Governor of Nyeri county following the death of Wahome Gakuru.
As per the constitution, a governor is replaced by his/her deputy if he/she; dies, resigns in writing, ceases to be eligible to be elected county governor is convicted of a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment of at least 12 months.
The now-former Deputy Governor was inaugurated on Monday, November 13, at 3PM at a colorful ceremony filled with celebrations. He was sworn-in by Presiding judge Jairus Ngaah.
The event was attended by Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kagucia, Senator Ephraim Maina, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, Tetu MP James Mwangi, Mukrweini MP Anthony Githiaka, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Kieni MP Kanini Kega and Othaya MP Gichuki Mugambi.
Mutahi Kahiga now becomes Nyeri County’s fourth governor in less than five years.
The county’s first governor Nderitu Gachagua died of pancreatic cancer at Royal Marsden Hospital in London on February 24, 2017.
He was replaced by then Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai who became the second governor three days later.
Following the August 8 election, Dr. Wahome Gakuru was elected the third governor of the county.
His reign was, however, cut very short following a grisly road accident on the Thika-Sagana highway, Murang’a County, which claimed his life.
Mr. Kahiga will now take up the mantle and carry on where his late boss left off. There has, however, been rumors that a section of leaders from the county think he is unfit to lead.
These claims were dismissed as MPs pledged to support the new governor.
“The first two governors did not enjoy the support of MPs and that’s why they were voted out and only Kega was re-elected, all 28 MCA’s were also voted out. We must give our new governor the space to work,” said Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.