Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga will be sworn in as governor on Monday at 2PM in Nyeri town.
According to Mutahi, it would have been better if his swearing in was to take place after burial of the late governor Wahome Gakuru.
Sections of Nyeri leaders have, however, insisted Kahiga should forfeit his job and allow residents to vote again in a poll where he would be a candidate.
“We are aware what the law provides, but let Mr Kahiga allow people to vote again in an election where he is also a candidate so that whoever wins can have full mandate of the people,” said one of the leaders.
Kahiga also announced on Friday that there would be a cleansing ceremony before he takes the oath of office.
“We are going to have a cleansing ceremony carried out by the clergy at the county government offices on Monday morning and then I am going to be sworn into office in the afternoon,” the Deputy Governor told journalists at Green Hills Hotel.
The burial date of the late Nyeri governor was set for November 18.
According to the family spokesman, Gakuru’s send-off would be held at his Kirichu home in Nyeri Town Contituency.
“We have settled on the date as we wait on the availability of the President on that day since this will be a State burial,” said Muthui Kariuki on Wednesday (8/11/17).
Gakuru died in a tragic road accident at Kabati along Thika- Murang’a Road on Tuesday morning.
The governor’s Mercedes E250 rammed into a guardrail, which pierced through it on the side the governor was seated on.
He was impaled by the guardrail which went through his abdomen.