Mutahi Kahiga Biography
Mutahi Kahiga is the governor for Nyeri county he was sworn into office after the death of former Nyeri governor Dr. Wahome
Gakuru. He is the fourth governor of Nyeri.
Mutahi Kahiga Political Career
During the 2017 general election Mutahi Kahiga was elected alongside governor Dr. Wahome Gakuru as the deputy governor. After the death of Dr. Wahome Gakuru in a tragic road accident he assumed office as the governor as mandated by the constitution. Article 182 (2) indicates that the Deputy Governor assumes office immediately there is vacancy in the Governor’s office. Power abhors vacuum.
Article 180 (6) Of the Constitution says that IEBC shall not conduct Elections for the office of the Deputy Governor. This office is left to the whims of the Governor. The law enjoins the Governor to nominate his Deputy, one who qualifies to be a Governor.
Once the Deputy assumes office he has the freedom to handpick anyone to be his Deputy. In legislative interpretation, any interpretation must not lead to ambiguity, absurdity and unjust conclusion.
Mutahi Kahiga- Nyeri Governor Swearing in snub
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga is starting on a low key and it is all his fault. We all know that Nyeri lost its immediate former governor through a fatal road crash and we are yet to bury him. One would like to ask why the rush to swear another governor into office when the people of Nyeri are yet to bury the late elected leader. I understand that Kahiga’s secretariat is yet to settle in office but that cannot be reason enough to send invites to the 46 governors to attend the Monday ceremony on Sunday evening. That was wrong, even rude, considering the governors expected to attend are a busy lot and they had every reason to snub his short-notice invite. From the look of things, the Council of Governors had other plans of swearing the Nyeri
governor on another date.
The move to snub the swearing-in ceremony by the 46 was from the outset ill advised and the excuses given for not attending the ceremony insincere. The 46 governors have to understand Mutahi Kahiga is like their young brother and they should not behave as though he is a stranger to them. The snub indicated they were not for his swearing in on the particular day. He may have been quick at making the decision to go on with the swearing in and even delay to invite them; but at the end of the day he is just a governor like them. I feel that even if a majority missed, then those near Nyeri could have made it to the ceremony to welcome the new governor.
Moving forward the chairman of the governor’s council Josephat Nanok should give a statement on the snub and possibly ask for forgiveness on behalf of the 46. It is sad that he has not personally said anything on the matter. It is all not lost for Kahiga. First, he must recognise that he is the governor as the Constitution allows him and forget the snubbing mishap. Secondly he has an opportunity to prove himself on the job by doing the job like no other county chief. Finally he must be quick to find a way of working
with the governor’s council to make Nyeri great. I believe he will be great.
Source: Standard Digital Entertainment.
Mutahi Kahiga – 20 million gate
The proposal to spend Sh20 million to build a gate for the Nyeri governor’s office was a typing error, Governor Mutahi Kahiga has said.This comes as outrage poured in over the county government’s spending plan.
However, Mr Kahiga defended plans to spend Sh200 million on the governor’s residence saying the money will also cater for the deputy governor’s home.
Mr Kahiga said his office already has a gate and the Sh20 million entry in this year’s Annual Development Plan was a mistake.
“The gate is already complete and we are not going to work on it. What was in the ADP was a typing error,” he said.
Former Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s administration built the same gate.
Governor Kahiga, angered by the criticism emanating from reports on the proposed expenditure, said that his administration was only complying with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s directive to build a house for county top officials.
“The governor should not be attacked for complying with the directive. We are not putting a house for me because I already have a home but we are building the governor’s official residence,” he said.
In a circular dated August 25, 2017 addressed to county secretaries SRC asked counties to prioritise the construction of official residences for governor, his deputy and the speaker.
Mr Kahiga insisted that the 47 counties will have to build the governor’s and deputy governor’s residences despite the implication it will have on the taxpayers.
Counties have until July next year to build houses when the county bosses and their deputies will cease to receive house allowances.
He clarified that the county will spend Sh220 million to construct a new office block to accommodate his 10 county executives.
“Our offices are scattered all over the town but with a new office block we will have the executives working under one roof. This will give the residents easy access to all offices and improve service delivery,” he said.
While welcoming the public to give their views on the plan during public participation meetings to be held on Friday, the county boss vowed to ensure prudent use of public funds.
Mr Amos Muchiri, a resident of Nyeri Town, said the Sh20 million was enough to tarmac at least two kilometres of road and aid in the completion of the Nyeri open air market.
“I do not think the county needs an upgrade of the gate since the one we have is serving the purpose well enough. Though it is just a proposal in the budget that follows a long rigorous process before approval, it is a misplaced priority,” he said.
The proposed construction of a Sh20 million gate at the county headquarters has ignited a heated debate on social media platforms.
Residents accused the governor and his administration of having misplaced priorities. Mr Jack Warui noted that the gate does not need an upgrade.
“This is too much. Just before the 2013 elections the municipal council put a new gate. Three years later the Gachagua administration constructed another gate and erected a perimeter wall. Then now Mr Kahiga wants another gate,” he said.
Mr Rahima Shaban wrote on Facebook that it was shameful for leaders to allocate Sh200 million towards the governor’s official residence.
“It’s a shame we continue to vote for such individuals who only think of how to squander and plunder public funds with no accountability,” he said.
Mr Kenneth Kariithi said, “How impactful to humanity are these self-gratification wants? The Sh200 million and Sh20 million can be used to add value to the coffee and dairy sectors.”
Source: Daily Nation
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