Nyeri people want late Governor Gakuru’s successor to force by-election

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Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga. PHOTO: COURTESY

Nyeri incoming Governor who was Wahome Gakuru’s deputy until the latter’s death, is already facing resistance after a section of Nyeri elders called for his resignation from office.

Mutahi Kahiga took over the leadership of Nyeri county following the tragic passing of Wahome Gakuru though a horror accident on Tuesday, November 7.

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Late Nyeri Governor Dr Wahome Gakuru (left) with his deputy Mutahi Kahiga on the campaign trail. PHOTO: NMG

The Constitution dictates that the deputy is takes over automatically in case a Governor dies in office as it did in Nyeri.

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But even before Mr Kahiga properly warms the Governor’s seat, a section of Nyeri faithful are strongly opposed to him succeeding the late Gakuru, and want him to resign and force a by election.

Mutahi Kahiga is not popular with crowds and Zipo.co.ke has learnt that his qualification as a teacher before delving into politics doesn’t help much.

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A section of leaders in the county are convinced that he might not have the capabilities to handle the pressure that comes with being a county head.

Kahiga was previously a Jubilee Party chairperson in Nyeri before he was picked by the deceased as his running mate in the run up to the August 8 General Election.

Wahome Gakuru became the second Governor to die in office following the passing of his predecessor Nderitu Gachagua earlier this year. The late Gachagua’s deputy Samuel Wamathai took over but was unsuccessful in his bid to get elected in August.

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Mutahi Kahiga will be sworn in on Monday, November 13 after a cleansing ceremony to rid the county of the gubernatorial jinx.