Nairobi governor Mike Sonko appeared before the Senate Devolution Committee to Wednesday to explain why he has not appointed a Deputy Governor, almost one and a half years since the resignation of Polycarp Igathe.
“What I want you to understand is that after my former deputy governor resigned, he cited failure to earn my trust, but he never explained how. So, I do not want to just rush to appoint another one then they resign. It will be a big embarrassment to me,” Sonko explained to the honourable governors.
In the time that he has operated without a deputy, Sonko has not complained that he is being overworked. In other words he doesn’t really need a Deputy.
But the big question we should be asking ourselves, is if we really need these deputy governors in Kenya.
According to a report by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission ( SRC) a Deputy Governor in Kenya earns a basic salary of KSh 510,181 and allowances of KSh 218,649; all totalling to Ksh 728,831 per month
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has been operating without a Deputy Governor since 2017 after Nicholas Atudonyang moved to the USA in 2017 and has never been back.
Former Bomet governor Isaac Rutto operated for a long time without a deputy after falling out with his DG. The same goes for Machakos governor Alfred Mutua in his first time.
Is there any need for a deputy governor? or a deputy President for that matter?