There is tension at the Council of Governors after its chairman, Josephat Nanok, refused to step down for Kwale governor Salim Mvurya.
Mvurya who was elected in dramatic polls last year that put Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru as his deputy was supposed to assume office in July this year after the expiry of Turkana’s Nanok one-year term.
The replacement of Nanok by Mvurya was brought up by a section of governors but members couldn’t agree. They agreed to revisit in the next summit meeting.
During the last year’s polls, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto opted for consensus following fears that a bitter rival would divide the governors’ club after the disputed 2017 polls.
There was also panic in Jubilee following the surprise entry into the race of Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago. Mandago’s threatened to split Jubilee’s votes in favour of Nanok but later withdrew after Jubilee luminaries reached out to him.
Jubilee had won majority 25 governors seats in the 2017 election, compared to Nasa’s 18 seats.
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