Polycarp Igathe is officially no longer the Deputy Governor of Nairobi County.
This follows the expiry of his resignation notice submitted on January 11, 2018, in which he said he would resign his seat effective 1 pm January 30, 2018.
Igathe, who had only served at City Hall for five months, abruptly quit his job citing uneasy relations with his boss governor Mike Sonko.
“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1 pm 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,” said Igathe.
Despite efforts by some Jubilee Party leaders in Nairobi led by Senator Johnson Sakaja to broker a truce between the two, Sonko ruled out any talks, saying he will engage city MCAs on the way forward.
As his resignation took effect yesterday, Polycarp Igathe issued another statement revealing he will continue serving Nairobians as an advisor.
“It has been a great pleasure serving Nairobians & I will continue to serve as an advisor, beyond my previous position of Nairobi County Deputy Governor,” said Igathe on Twitter.
He added: “Strength, progress & peaceful change comes from independent judgment & individual ideas. Compromise should be on issues, not of principles; on political positions, not ourselves. As Kenyans, we should aim to surpass the ideology that fears free thought more than electric shock.”
It has been a great pleasure serving Nairobians & I will continue to serve as an advisor, beyond my previous position of Nairobi County Deputy Governor
— Polycarp Igathe (@IgathePolycarp) January 31, 2018
Igathe’s City Hall exit means Sonko will now serve his full term in office without a deputy unless Parliament amends the County Governments Amendment Bill to give powers to Governors to appoint their deputies should a vacancy arise in the office.