NAIROBI,Kenya,Oct 16 -Hundreds of women on Tuesday petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to intervene following the continued absence of a Deputy Governor in Nairobi.
Led by Nairobi County Women Forum chairlady Cecilia Wairimu, the women want Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to move with speed and appoint a Deputy Governor preferably a woman.
“For a close to a year ,women have waited for the Governor to honour his pledge of appointing a woman Deputy Governor.Some of the problems women face emanate from the fact that there isn’t someone high placed to stand for them,”she said.
In March this year,Governor Sonko through his Facebook page proposed some names and asked Kenyans to help him choose a deputy among them was lawyer Miguna Miguna who was rejected by the Nairobi County Assembly.
Others proposed by the Governor include business woman Ann Kagure , former town clerk John Gakuo,Lawyer Karen Nyamu and Bishop Margret Wanjiru among others.
Ann Kagure is a known successful insurance executive who has won for two consecutive years as the Insurance Agent of the year across the country she started off as a sales representative for the American Life Insurance Company(ALICO),now CFC Life at the age of 20,and was promoted in the year 2000 to Unit Manager,and later Agency Manager.
Lawyer Karen Nyamu came into the lime light after she unsuccessfully vied for the position of Nairobi Woman representative in 2017.
Bishop Magret Wanjiru is the former Starehe MP and also contested for Nairobi Gubernatorial seat in last year’s general election.
The position of a Deputy Governor has been vacant since January this year after Polycarp Igathe tendered his resignation.
The Governor has been under pressure even from the Members of Nairobi County concerning several issues top on the agenda being the appointing a Deputy Governor.
Following the Supreme Court Advisory,Governor Mike Sonko is required to nominate his preferred candidate for the Deputy Governor’s post for submission to the County Assembly which will vet and approve the candidate if satisfied.