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Mutahi Kahiga Propose Caroline Karugu As Nyeri Deputy Governor

Mutahi Kahiga has nominated Caroline Karugu as Nyeri Deputy Governor.

The seat fell vacant after the death of Governor Wahome Gakuru on November 7, 2017.

Kahiga, who later took over, has forwarded Karugu’s name to the Assembly for vetting and approval, should she succeed.

Deputy Speaker Samuel Kariuki read the message on her nomination at the start of sittings on Thursday.

Karugu is the chair of the Board Technical Committee of the Geothermal Development Company, following her appointment as a member, by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in 2015.

She has over 12 years’ experience in regional capital markets and financial services and has worked in organisations including Britam.

The nominee is an alumnus of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Germany) and the University of Leicester (UK).

She is currently the Managing Director of Jabali Microserve Limited.

Her nomination follows the Supreme Court’s March 8 directive for Governors lacking DGs to appoint them within 60 days.

Chief Justice David Maraga, DCJ Philomena Mwilu and justices Mohamed Ibrahim, Jackton Ojwang’, Njoki Ndung’u, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola said the position cannot be filled through an election.

They held that Deputy Governor assumes office through nomination by the Governor and that the two offices are inseparable.

“We are therefore of the definite opinion that the office of the Deputy Governor ought not to remain vacant until the next general election,” Wanjala, who read the statement on behalf of the judges, said.

Nairobi is the other county without a DG as Polycarp Igathe resigned in January saying he could not gain the trust of his boss Mike Sonko.

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