Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday suffered a major blow after his deputy Polycarp Igathe resigned. When announcing his move last evening, Igathe said he arrived at the decision after failing to earn the trust from his boss.
“I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive the administration and management of the county. Without fear, favour or ill-will, I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family.
Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he said in a post on his Twitter account. Consequently, in a letter dated January 12, 2018 and addressed to Sonko, he wrote: “I write to resign my seat as the elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm, Wednesday, 31st January 2018.
Serving Kenyans, in Nairobi under your leadership, has been a high honour and distinct privilege. I am grateful to Nairobians and yourself for giving me the opportunity to serve.
Thank you and please accept my highest personal regards.” In a terse statement, the governor’s communication office said the governor would issue a comprehensive statement after studying the resignation letter.
“The governor is considering the letter and will issue a comprehensive statement later,”said the statement. His resignation comes barely a month after Sonko dismissed reports that the two were at loggerheads over the running of city affairs.
In a bid to prove that all was well at City Hall, the Governor uploaded on his Facebook page a series of text messages which he said he had recently exchanged with his deputy.
“Looking at the attached texts and WhatsApp conversations, does it look like we are falling apart?” he asked. Late last year, both Sonko and Igathe sought to dispel rumours that there was a rift between them, saying their relationship was intact.
Before joining politics as Sonko’s running mate in last year’s General Election, Igathe was CEO of Vivo Energy Kenya, operator of Shell outlets in the country. A businessman well-grounded in management affairs, Igathe’s entry into the ticket was seen as providing a balance for Sonko’s colourful and populist style.