A new law drafted by Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi will force Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko¬†to pick a deputy.¬†
The law,¬†Assumption to the Office of Governor Act 2018, was signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday at State House.¬†
The law provides that when a deputy governor’s office falls vacant, the sitting governor¬†shall within 14 days appoint a deputy and¬†submit the name to the county assembly for approval.
The law approved law states;
(1) The¬†person who assumes the office of county governor under Article 182(2) of the Constitution shall within fourteen days, nominate the deputy governor; and county governor. with the approval of the county assembly, appoint the nominee as deputy county governor.
With the timelines given in the law, a¬†governor cannot go a month without a deputy.
(3) The county assembly shall – consider a motion for approval for the appointment of the deputy county governor, within fourteen days, and resolve whether to approve the motion; and be deemed to have approved the motion for the appointment of the deputy county governor upon the lapse of fourteen days and having failed to make a resolution.
The law further outlines¬†the conditions through which a deputy governor’s¬†office can be declared vacant.¬†
The office shall be declared vacant when a deputy governor dies, resigns or ceases to be eligible.
The office of county deputy-governor shall become vacant if the holder of the office – Governor. dies; resigns by a notice, in writing, addressed to the county governor; ceases to be eligible for nomination as deputy county governor under Article 180(5) of the Constitution; assumes the office of county governor under Article 182(2) of the Constitution; is convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for at least six months; or (0 is removed from office under this Act.
Governor¬†Sonko has gone for more than a year without an assistant after his previous deputy, Polycarp Igathe, resigned citing he had failed to earn¬†the trust of the governor.
Sonko, who was summoned by the Senate Committee on Devolution to explain why he has never appointed a deputy,¬†called it a non-issue.
He further stated that he would only appoint a deputy if the house passed a law that required him to do so.
In another case, Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga took 6 months to replace himself when he assumed the office of the governor.¬†