The search for Nairobi Deputy Governor hits fever pitch

The search for Nairobi Deputy Governor hits fever pitch

The search for the successor of Polycarp Igathe as Nairobi Deputy Governor has intensified with interested candidates’ scheming to outsmart each other to catch the eye of Governor Mike Sonko.

So tense is the fight that the leading candidates have crafted an inclusive and ostentatious plan that will see some contestants being elbowed out of the race before Governor Sonko makes the announcement next week.

The race has so far attracted six candidates namely President Uhuru Kenyatta Personal assistant Jomo Gecaga, EALA MP Simon Mbugua, MPs Dennis Waweru and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, former Kiambu Women representative Annah Nyokabi Gathecha, City lawyer Karen Nyamu and Insurer Agnes Kariuki.

However, the race has narrowed down to EALA MP Simon Mbugua and late entrant to the race Kiambu Women representative Annah Nyokabi Gathecha.

Mbugua is close confident of Governor Mike Sonko and his said to be running the show since the resignation of Polycarp Igathe while Ms Nyokabi, a first cousin of President Uhuru Kenyatta, has kept a low profile since her defeat in the Jubilee party primaries.

X news, has reliably established former MPs Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South) and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru (Starehe) will be holding town hall meetings  with different Delegations  in a bid lobby and emerge favorite  for the position.

Waweru lost his bid to defend his seat on an independent ticket while Bishop Wanjiru had contested for Jubilee party gubernatorial elections but lost to Governor Mike Sonko.

On her part, former Kiambu Women representative Annah Nyokabi Gathecha has pull all stops and has isolated all Nairobi elected MPs and MCAs but roped in Jubilee party top mercenaries in her attempt to clinch the city plum job.

Ms. Nyokabi has slated a meeting with Jubilee Party stalwarts this weekend at her residence along Dennis Print road to strategize and persuade the leaders to back her in pursuit for the coveted seat.

Although the entry of Nyokabi Gathecha has been has been opposed by a section of the city residents labelling an ‘outsider’, a group of women calling itself ‘Inua Viongozi wanawake’ has thrown its weight behind her candidature saying she has requisite academic qualifications hence competent for deputy Governor position.

Addressing a press conference at a Nairobi hotel on Thursday, the team leader Hellen Nyakio said those who have expressed interest in vacant should not fell intimidated but should be challenged by Nyokabi’s endorsement.

“We are in full support of Nyokabi Gathecha to join the race for Nairobi Deputy Governor race. Her candidature is positive to Jubilee party as she will consolidate the women voting block ahead of 2022 polls,” Mwakio said.

A fortnight ago, a group calling itself Nairobi Women Caucus appealed to Nairobi governor, Mike Sonko, to consider nominating a woman to deputise him, after the seat fell vacant following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe.

The group chair, Dinah Agai, said appointing a woman deputy governor, would be the fitting reward for the women who, besides being the majority voters, have relevant qualifications to hold such high office.

“We are aware that our well able governor, has a history of working with women in social economic issues that develop the region. Appointment of a woman on that seat will incorporate gender will diversity, improve collaboration cultivate innovation, build stronger leadership in the county as well as create a much more inclusive seat,” Ms Agai reckoned.

Impeccable source has revealed to X news that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is likely to settle on Annah Nyokabi as his Deputy Governor to appease the women voting block that backed him in the last elections.

Ms Nyokabi has a bachelor of arts, Political Science, York University –Toronto Canada and a post graduate Diploma in International Business management, Seneca College. Canada

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