Johnson Sakaja, governor of Nairobi County, and Waiguru, governor of Kirinyaga County, are two of the leading candidates for chair of the Council of Governors (CoG).
According to media reports, Joseph ole Lenku of Kajiado County, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr of Makueni County, and Ken Lusaka of Bungoma County pose serious challenges to the two county leaders aligned with William Ruto’s United Democratic (UDA) Party.
Similarly, the Azimio La Umoja alliance and the Kenya Kwanza Alliance both have 23 governors. In the event of a tie in the election for chair, Andrew Mwadime, the governor of Taita Taveta, would cast the deciding vote.
In order to elect a new CoG chairman and deputy, county executives and their deputies will convene from Wednesday, September 14, through Saturday, September 17, for a vote.
The inauguration of President William Ruto and Vice President Rigathi Gachagua occurs the day before the start of the conference.
Martin Wambora, a former governor of Embu, who was chosen to lead the Fifth CoG on June 29, 2021, will be replaced by the next chairman.