The Exit Of Polycarp Igathe As The Deputy Governor Of Nairobi County Has Now Taken A New Twist As The Independent Boundaries And Electoral Commission Now Says Polycarp Igathe’s City Hall Exit Only Became Apparent To Them On January 22 After Governor Mike Sonko Transmitted Communication To The Poll Agency Naming A Nominee.
In a statement sent out to newsrooms by IEBC refuted claims that Mr Polycarp Igathe’s resignation has never been gazetted so as to enable the electoral commission declare a vacancy and consequently allow Sonko to replace him.
The commission in response has failed to clarify the status of the former deputy governor as they clarified it has no legal obligation to gazette the resignation of an outgoing holder of elective office but rather it has an obligation to gazette a new holder of an elective office.
IEBC has been on the receiving end after it reportedly denied knowledge of Igathe’s resignation, citing the nonexistence of a formal communicate.
The IEBC while responding to a letter from the County Assembly Clerk and Speaker, who were seeking advice on governance at the devolved unit, said it has never received a formal communication on Mr Igathe’s resignation.
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati explained that the Commission received a request from Nairobi County Assembly, seeking the its opinion on the status of Nairobi County Government after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was barred from accessing his office following his graft case.
In response, via a letter dated January 9, 2020 the commission confirmed that they had not received formal communication on the resignation of the Deputy Governor of Nairobi as of that day.
The Commission subsequently cleared Ann Kananu Mwenda for vetting to the position of Deputy Governor. Sonko has since handed four crucial functions to the national government.