November 14, 2018

Governor Sonko reacts after Igathe’s resignation

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has reacted after his deputy Polycarp Igathe resigned on Friday (12/1/17) evening.

According to a statement from Sonko’s office, he acknowledged the receipt of Mr Igathe’s resignation letter.

The Governor stated that he is yet to carefully consider the matter in view of the unexpected turn of events.

“The Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has received a letter of resignation from Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe. The Governor is considering the letter and will issue a comprehensive statement later,” the statement read.

Igathe resigned as Nairobi Deputy Governor, citing frustrations because he ‘failed to earn the Governor’s trust’, in what is blamed on strained working relationship with Sonko.

“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive Admin & Management of the county,” he posted on his Twitter account.

“Without fear, favour or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians & my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he added.

Surprisingly, he resigned hours after an interview with a local TV station where he appeared to defend their performance.

Sonko and Igathe won the Nairobi Gubernatorial race, 719,624, votes against Evans Kidero who garnered 576,578 votes in the August 8 2017 General Election.

Prior to joining politics, Igathe served as Managing Director Vivo Energy Kenya.

Igathe obtained a B.A. Economics and Sociology degree from the University of Nairobi and is a graduate of the Strathmore Advanced Management Program (AMP) with IESE Business School in Spain.

The technocrat also served Haco Industries for nine and a half years where he was the Managing Director Eastern Africa.

He also held other senior management positions at East Africa Breweries, Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers and Africa Online among other companies.

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