Anointing oil and fervent prayers: Nyeri governor-in-waiting takes no chances

November 13, 2017 1:39 pm
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Kahiga joins the clergy in spilling some anointed oil outide the Nyeri county government offices/JOHN GATHUA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – A lot of ado has been made of the timing of Mutahi Kahiga’s swearing-in, ahead of his predecessor’s burial on Saturday and of whether or not he’s entitled to appoint a deputy.

His first order of business however, ahead of his swearing-in on Monday following Wahome Gakuru’s demise, was what was described as a cleansing ceremony and what he personally described as a dedication.

It did not take a stretch of the imagination to figure out why the governor in-waiting sought the divine intervention given Nyeri County has in the span of months lost two governors.

The first ever Nyeri Governor under the current constitutional dispensation, Nderitu Gachagua, succumbed to cancer in February while the second elected governor, Gakuru, died in a car accident just days ago.

Kahiga was initially meant to be sworn-in last week but the ceremony was put off on account of concern that to it was insensitive to hold it so soon after Gakuru’s demise.

The Nyeri branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, which Kahiga headed before taking on his role as DG, however viewed the delay with suspicion, pointing out that Gachagua’s deputy Samuel Wamathai was sworn in barely three days after his predecessor’s demise.

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