Gesami assumes DG roles despite rejection by assembly

Dr. James Gesami when he appeared before the appointments committee in January 2021. PHOTO/Dan Nyamanga, The Scholar Media Africa.

Confusion has engulfed the County Government of Nyamira after special programs advisor Dr. James Gesami reportedly assumed roles of Deputy Governor (DG).
The name of Dr Gesami who is a former MP for West Mugirango was twice rejected by the county assembly’s appointments committee to the post on grounds that he did not meet the integrity threshold.
Governor Amos Nyaribo later appointed him as special programs advisor.

A case against his appointment awaits determination in Nyamira High Court.
During the Equity Banks Wings to fly scholarships launch at Sironga Girls High School on Wednesday, Dr. Gesami represented Governor Nyaribo.

The ceremony was attended by several senior government officials from the county.

He read governor’s speech, casting more speculation that he was number 2 in command.
74 pupils from low income and needy backgrounds got scholarships.
In the event of absence of governor and his deputy in an official function, the County Secretary (CS) who was present could have represented the executive.
Dr Gesami who vied and lost in the last gubernatorial contest will have to wait for determination of the petition filed in court to know the fate of his DG job.

The case will be heard today (Thursday).
Among other privileges already accorded to Dr. Gesami are use of the office space designated to the county DG, a Toyota Prado vehicle previously used by the governor’s entourage, a Personal Assistant (P.A) and secretaries and security.
Meanwhile, conservatory orders barring nomination of Dr Gesami as Deputy Governor have been vacated.

The court ruled that there are no timelines to nominate as purported by the petitioner.

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