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Ten things you didn't know about outgoing Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 15:01 EAT
Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe
  • Polycarp Igathe has made headlines ever since he handed over his resignation
  • There are several things that Kenyans don't know about the short serving Deputy governor

Nairobi County Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe has made headlines since he handed over his resignation on January 12 after serving office for roughly five months.

Igathe, who cited failure to earn his boss Governor Mike Sonko’s trust, notified Kenyans of his decision through his Twitter handle. In the notice, the Deputy Governor said he will serve office until January 31. He also addressed a letter to Governor Sonko, thanking him for the opportunity to work as his deputy.

In a dramatic turn of events, Igathe’s resignation came after he had spent the morning of Friday 12 in an interview talking about the vision he and Sonko have for Nairobi County. He sent his resignation to newsrooms later in the evening.

In mid-December 2017, the two were rumoured to be at loggerheads with some saying Igathe had been turned into an errand boy. Although the two kept things under control, most Kenyans were not convinced.

The rumours prompted the Governor to share some screenshots from their conversations which brought more attention to the talks on whether the two were drifting apart or not.

Igathe, who was picked from Vivo energy to be Sonko’s running mate has been viewed as a representative of the corporate world in politics.

In February 2017, he was caught up in a shootout while working for Vivo Energy when Nominated Senator and Businessman Paul Njoroge shot in the air to after rival gangs clashed at a petrol station in the outskirts of Naivasha town.

While Kenyans across the country continue to make him trend, there are several things they don’t know about him. These include;

He was born on 21 September 1972 and raised in Ruiru

He is the second shortest serving Deputy Governor after Nyeri’s Mutahi Kahiga

He is married with three children aged between five and fifteen

His greatest worry in life is to fail as a family man

He dedicates mornings to work and reserves evenings for family

His favourite food is Ugali Matumbo

He prefers running to keep fit rather than working out in the gym

He doesn’t play golf although he hangs around golfers

He is not Chris Kirubi’s son as per speculations

He served as the Managing Director at Haco Industries for a period of ten years

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