Team to table proposals on deputy governor replacement

The National Assembly’s Constitution Implementation and Oversight Committee will in three weeks time avail constitutional amendment proposals that seek to create avenues for replacement of a deputy governor when the position falls vacant.

The law is silent on what happens when a vacancy occurs in the office of the deputy governor, the recent case being the dramatic exit of Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe that thrust into the fore the succession question in county governance.

Speaking in Mombasa during a retreat, committee chairman Jeremiah Kioni said MPs have begun stakeholders’ engagements to audit and fill in gaps left out in the current Constitution.

“We want to find out whether the intention of Constitution is being realised, we are in the process of engaging Kenyans on how they want the position of deputy Governor filled like in the case of Nyeri and Nairobi counties,” he said.

Yesterday, the committee met Council of Governors (CoG). It will also meet legal experts from the Attorney General’s office. Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, CoG deputy chairperson Ann Waiguru urged the committee to expedite enactment of laws on deputy governor replacement.

“We are sharing our views with the committee because it is silent on what happens when a vacancy occurs in the office of the deputy governor. County governments Act, the Election Act and the Constitution do not stipulate what happens when a vacancy occurs,” said Waiguru.

The former Cabinet secretary said CoG has a few legislations among them; human resource, capacity building and revenue collection policies which the committee should also put into consideration.

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