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New twist in race to succeed Sonko as Polycarp Igathe goes to court

The entry of Polycarp Igathe in the debate to replace former governor Mike Sonko has complicated things with both Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke teams interested in the City following new development.

This is after former County Deputy governor Polycarp Igathe moved to court demanding to know the position of his resignation he tendered to Governor Sonko three years ago.

In his affidavit, to the High court, Igathe was seeking to determine whether his resignation letter to the former County chief on January 12, 2018, was accepted or not.

“That the legal effect of the failure to formalize or recognize my resignation and the failure by the Nairobi County or any public institution to conduct any legal formalities to conclude my resignation is a matter to be determined by this honorable court in my humble view,” he said in an affidavit.

It, therefore, follows that if it was not recognized, then he is still the Deputy governor and hence the official County governor.

This is after the High court had stopped the Kenyan poll body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission from carrying out by-elections in the County pending cases.

The courts had also stopped swearing-in of Anne Kananu as the governor following a case filed by the law Society of Kenya.

In the application, it was argued that Igathe’s resignation was neither formalized, nor communicated to the Speaker of the assembly as is a constitutional requirement.

But Igathe has since refuted the claims stating that he tendered the letter to the governor with the speaker in copy, but none of them acknowledged it.

The seat remained vacant after a successful Sonko ouster by the members of the County Assembly and later upheld by the senate.

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    Written by Fred Orido

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