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Wamathai to run as Nyeri Governor in August polls

Nyeri County Secretary Alice Wachira is sworn in by senior counsel Wahome Gikonyo/CFM NEWS

NYERI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Governor Samuel Wamathai says he will vie for the Nyeri gubernatorial seat during the August General Election.

Wamathai who indicated that he will run on a Jubilee ticket was expected to present his papers to the Jubilee headquarters in Pangani on Thursday to try and secure the party nomination.

He stated that he will be seeking to complete the development agenda started by his predecessor, the late Nderitu Gachagua.

“This is the continuation of former Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s work and we have committed ourselves in completing the programs,” he said.

“In line with this, I will be going to Nairobi this morning to present my nomination papers to defend the seat of Governor of Nyeri County,” he stated.

Wamathai also retained all the six County Executive Committee (CEC) members who were working under Gachagua.

“My Cabinet has been sworn in. It is legally in place and we are going to hit the ground running. We are ready to serve the people irrespective of any political differences,” he stated.

He emphasised that he will not be intimidated by Nyeri Members of the County Assembly who were demanding the CECs to be vetted afresh.

Those who were sworn in include County Secretary Alice Wachira, Erastus Muriuki who will head the docket of Education, ICT and Trade and Charles Gethenji will be in charge of Health, Finance and Economic Planning.

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Others are Lucy Wanyitu who will head the Gender and Special Programme, Agriculture will be under Robert Thuo, Timothy Ngunyangi will be in charge of Water & Sanitation, Environment and Natural resources whereas Stanley Miano will be in charge of Tourism.

Wamathai also said that his government is in the process of appointing other 4 CECs since there were some who were holding more than 3 dockets.

Last week, a section of Nyeri MCAs threatened to move to the Supreme Court if the CECs were retained without being vetted afresh by the assembly.

In addition, he said he expects the executives to deliver and complete the projects that were initiated by the late Gachagua.

Wamathai took the mantle after the death of Gachagua whom he deputised since they took oath of office in 2013.


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