Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe. /Courtesy

Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe on Friday, January 12 tendered his resignation to his boss Governor Mike Sonko, becoming the first deputy governor to hang up boots after the August 8 election.

In a statement, Igathe cited his failure to win governor Sonko’s trust as basis for his resignation.

“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018,” Igathe stated in a tweet.

“I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive Admin & Management of the county,” he added.

Igathe, a former Vivo Energy boss further stated that his resignation was in the good interest of the oath he took as he was not ready to betray his commitment to serve Kenyans, Nairobi residents and his family.

SOnko and Igathe
Nairobi City governor Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe in a past campaign rally in 2017. /Photo: Mike Sonko Twitter

“Without fear, favour or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he said in a subsequent message.

The new development shadows details of an imminent fall out between Governor Sonko and his deputy few months ago.

In a report by The Star, it was alleged that the two were not in good terms over key operations at City Hall due to infringement from State House operatives.

In equal measure, Igathe and his boss came out to dispel the rumors saying they were working smoothly to serve the lives of city residents as pledged in their campaign for office.

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