Deputy governor Tharaka Nithi county Eng. Francis Nyamu Kagwima is expected to take over the county leadership from embattled governor Hon. Muthomi Njuki if the governor is charged in court of law with graft charges.
The issue of deputies succeeding their bosses which has become a norm arose from high court’s ruling where Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi ruled barring corrupt governors charged in a court of law from accessing their offices until their cases are heard and determined.
Governor Njuki joined the list of corrupt governors who are facing charges a few days ago when the director of public prosecution Nordin Haji ordered for the arrest and arraignment of the county boss over Sh34.9 million fraudulent solid waste incinerator tender.
EACC boss Twalib Mbarak has since asked deputy governors who will have their governors charged over graft allegations to prepare taking over the leadership of the county. Mbarak says if the the governors who are suspected criminals are allowed to continue running the offices, will tamper with evidence.
Further, the EACC CEO puts it that the posts for deputy governors were created so that they can take chance when their bosses are away or not in a position to operate. Thus there is no need of keeping a person facing corrupt charges in office.
However Njuki may not be the first governor to vacate office for his deputy. Kiambu governor Hon. Ferdinand Waititu was forced to vacate his offices and his deputy James Nyoro took over after Waititu’s successful impeachment.
Other governors facing corruption charges are Migori Governor Okoth Obado who has since been succeeded by his deputy Nelson Mahanga, Busia governor Sospeter Ojamong, and Samburu’s Moses lenokular.
From the scenario that has been ongoing,Njuki may not have much to do but step down for his deputy Kagwima to take over as he awaits his case to be heard. The two have been at logger heads over county management strategies where the deputy has been accusing his boss of making the county a personal affair to an extent of running it without consulting other parties.
Njuki now has only fate to determine what befalls him following heavy graft allegations in his county which he is said to be directly involved through family and friends companies.