Igathe shocks Sonko, resigns from City Hall
SEE ALSO :MCAs: No more drama, we have moved on“Dear Nairobians, it is with heavy heart that I resign my seat as the deputy governor of Nairobi City County,” he said in a short 48 word message sent to newsrooms. Three hours to the surprise resignation, Mr Igathe was sitting pretty in a live TV set defending his stint and asking for more time to deliver. It was all a smokescreen. “I regret having failed to earn the trust of the governor to enable me drive administration and management of the county,” he said in the statement hours after the interview. What transpired in the last few days before his shocking resignation, is still unclear. However, those in the know say Igathe’s intention to resign was made on Thursday during an induction workshop for the County Executive Committee (CEC) members in Mombasa. What broke the camel’s back is a high-ranking position in the county that Sonko wished to fill but his push was resisted by his deputy – who felt being a corporate executive he was best placed to recruit whoever was to be given the job.
SEE ALSO :Who is right on Ndakaini Dam ownership?While all the CECs have been vetted and started their jobs Mr Kariuki, remains a secretary on the streets. The political war games at City Hall over his appointment played out before President Uhuru Kenyatta on the eve of Christmas when he went to light the governor’s tree. During the event protocol officers at City Hall replaced Kariuki’s name with Leboo Morintant who was acting county secretary during the transition period. So unease between Sonko and Igathe has been so bad that the governor has in recent months been operating from his private offices at Lilian’s Towers, only coming to City Hall on a need basis. Tensions escalated after the governor released to the public private communications between the two which portrayed Igathe as an attention grabber and a cheap pleaser. Ironically, the governor had purposed to allay fears of fall-out through the leaks.Throughout the texts Igathe appeared to be a have a penchant for missing his boss’s calls and seems to prefer texting him to calling him back. “For the next two years Mike Sonko and I will not be popular. Distractions will be put on our path but we will continue working to deliver what has failed our great city of Nairobi for 20 years. To make this monumental change, we need to focus,” said Igathe in a tweet after the claims were made three weeks ago. Igathe’s drama with his boss is a replica of the goings-on in Kiambu where the fallout between Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his deputy James Nyoro has been more pronounced. Last evening, Nairobi County’s communication office acknowledged that Sonko had received his deputy’s resignation. “The governor is considering the letter and will issue a comprehensive statement later,” it said. The law is silent on the way forward when a deputy governor resigns.