July 18, 2018

Governor ends months of speculation, nominates Deputy Governor

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga on Thursday (12/4/18) nominated Dr Caroline Wanjiru Karugu as his deputy.

Ending months of speculation, the County Assembly Deputy Speaker Samuel Kariuki communicated to the Members of the County Assembly that the governor had settled on Ms Karugu.

Her name was presented in the County Assembly Thursday afternoon for vetting.

The deputy position fell vacant after Kahiga became Governor after the demise of the 3rd Governor of Nyeri Wahome Gakuru in a freak road accident.

Dr Karugu, incoming Deputy Governor -Nyeri born on 20th November 1978, hails from Kiganjo in Nyeri. She is the Chief Executive of Jabali MicroserveLtd, a commercial subsidiary of Jitegemee Trust an organisation dealing with Social Investments. Before then she was the Group Senior Investor Relations Manager of Britam.

Before joining Britam in October 2013, Ms Karugu worked for the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) as the Investor Relations and Communications Manager.

The technocrat has over 15 years’ experience in the regional capital markets and financial services industry.

She was also in charge of external affairs and government relations for the East African Stock Exchanges Association (EASEA). While working at the NSE, Ms Karugu participated in the listing of several companies, rights issues, bond offers and private placement projects since 2002.

In recognition of her leadership capabilities, Caroline was among the private sector professionals recently appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to take up a board position in the Geothermal Development Company where she chairs the Board Technical and Strategy Committees and has spearheaded the restructuring of the State Corporation.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Double Major Degree in (Business Administration and Marketing) from Daystar University and a Global Executive MBA (Strategy) from USIU – A in partnership with the Frankfurt School of Finance in Germany.

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