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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH MARCH 2018-Governor Mike Sonko has made several names public in which he hopes will produce his deputy after the exit of Polycarp Igathe.
Through a post he made on facebook Sonko has named among others TV presenter Ann Kiguta, lawyer Miguna Miguna, Education CEC Janet Ouko, Kagure, and former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.
Others are former Dagoretti MP Denis Waweru, nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, former Town clerk John Gakuo, former Nairobi woman rep aspirant Karen Nyamu, and businessman Jimnah Mbaru.
He has also named former Nairobi county MP Rachel Shebesh, EALA MP Simon Mbugua, Susan Matiba, Jomo Gecaga, Njee Muturi, George Kariuki, and Muhoho Jomo Kenyatta.
Governor Sonko also named former KTB chairman Raymond Matiba, Prof James ole Kiyapi, Nairobi woman representative Esther Passaris, and former Infrastructure PS Irungu Nyakera.
Surprisingly, he still considers Igathe an option for the slot despite having resigned from the post three months ago.
“Great people of Nairobi, some say politics is about numbers. This FB page of mine has over 1,300,000 fans out of which 925,892 are Nairobians. I believe it is you the great people and God who have the powers of nominating leaders. Hence hebu munisaidie hapa (help me here) whom do you think deserves to be my Deputy Governor?” Sonko said.
The governor asked city residents to help him choose a deputy governor to fill the slot left vacant by Polycarp Igathe.
Igathe resigned on January 12 saying he had failed to earn Sonko’s trust.
On March 9, the Supreme Court gave governors the green-light to replace their deputies should the incumbents resign, die in office or are impeached.