In response to the Nairobi county assembly clerk and Speaker Beatrice Elachi on the city’s governance crisis, IEBC said it was not aware a vacancy occurred at the deputy governor’s office. The two had written to the electoral body seeking advice on the way-forward in absence of Governor Mike Sonko, who has since handed over City Hall to the national government.
“On the vacancy in the office of the Deputy Governor, Nairobi County, the Commission has not received any formal communication as to the alleged vacancy other than information in the media,” IEBC responded.
Igathe threw in the the towel in January 2018 over what he termed as frosty working relationship with his boss Governor Mike Sonko.
“Without fear, favour or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he said.
Word had been going round that the State House was behind the rocky relationship between the duo after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Igathe jointly with Tourism CS Najib Balala would lead a Nairobi management committee.
Despite the resignation having not been gazetted as IEBC claimed, Sonko has unsuccessfully proposed individuals to fill up the position. The latest nominee being Ann Kananu Mwenda.