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‘Too bad you’re not a woman,’ Sonko rejects Nairobi resident’s request for deputy governor job



Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has responded to a public request made by a Nairobi resident who expressed his interest to be appointed deputy governor of Nairobi County.

In a newspaper advert titled ‘Expression of Interest, Philip Chogoti Chepsat on Wednesday urged Governor Sonko to appoint him as his deputy governor.

Mr. Chepsat went on to detail his credentials as being a university graduate with over 15 years of experience in public service.

He further revealed to the Nairobi County boss that: “I have reached out to you openly because I am not sure if my earlier communication did reach you.”

However, taking to social media, Sonko said he intends to appoint a woman to fill the position which has been vacant since January 2018 following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe.

“It is worth of note that as a politician, I believe in keeping my promises to the electorate. And earlier, I committed myself to Nairobians that my nominee for Nairobi City County’s Next Deputy Governor shall be a woman.

“Too bad you are not a woman because I intend to keep that promise to my women supporters at all costs because I believe in not only upholding the third gender rule but exceeding it. This is why half of Nairobi County executive members are women,” said Sonko.

The Nairobi Governor, however, asked Mr. Chepsat to be on the look out for upcoming vacancies at City Hall, saying he (Sonko) is planning on sacking several lazy county ministers and chief officers.

“My appeal to you is not to give up on your dream to serve in leadership of Nairobi County but to keep checking up and applying as vacancies come up.

“For example, I shall soon be sending home several nonperforming Members of County Executive Committee and Chief Officers who are sleeping on the job and you should be on the standby to apply when the County Public Service Board advertises to fill the position,” added Sonko.

Meanwhile, Sonko says he will be ready to fill the Deputy Governor position once the legislation pending in Parliament on nomination and appointment of Deputy Governor is assented into law.

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