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Samuel Wamathai takes over as Nyeri governor

Nyeri’s new governor Samuel Wamathai has pledged to fight corruption in his administration.

Speaking moments after being sworn in as Nyeri’s new county boss, Ambassador Wamathai said he would effectively execute his duties without fear.

“I demand total honesty and integrity from everyone working in the county. I will not tolerate acts of corruption and dishonesty,” he said.

The governor took oath of office in a ceremony presided over by Justice Jarius Ngaah.

The county secretary Alice Wachira also received their new first lady Leah Njoki who had never been in the public limelight.

MPs SNUB EVENT

Most MPs however snubbed the event with only Tetu MP Ndung’u Gethenji present.

The lawmaker said he was representing the rest.

Assembly Speaker David Mugo said the assembly would support the new governor.

He said the MCAs differences with the late governor were not personal and the assembly was only doing its job.

Chair of the Governor’s Council and Meru Governor was the only county boss present.

Hundreds of Nyeri residents had also gathered at the Nyeri county headquarters for the swearing in.

At least 12 members of the county assembly led by their Speaker David Mugo were present.

FELL VACANT

The seat fell vacant following the death of Nderitu Gachagua in a London hospital on Friday.

Relatives of the late governor were represented by his younger brother Rigathi Gachagua.

The family promised to fully support the incoming governor noting that he had been a pillar of strength for the family.

“The incoming governor has been a blessing to the county because, were it not for him, when the governor had been indisposed the county would have ground to a halt,” said Mr Rigathi, the family spokesman.

“He deserves the support.”