The race to replace ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has taken a new twist after his ex-deputy Polycarp Igathe moved to the High Court seeking to know whether he legally resigned.

In the petition, Igathe argues that although he submitted his resignation to then-Governor Mike Sonko in January 2018, he is not aware if it was formalized as stipulated in the Constitution.

“That the legal effect of the failure to formalise or recognise my resignation and the failure by the Nairobi County or any public institution to conduct any legal formalities to conclude my resignation is a matter to be determined by this honourable court in my humble view,” he said in his court papers.


According to Igathe’s lawyer Peter Kiiru, IEBC cannot declare a by-election in Nairobi since Igathe’s resignation is yet to be formalized.

Meanwhile, the High Court recently blocked Deputy Governor Anne Kananu Mwenda from taking over as new Nairobi governor till a case challenging her inauguration is heard and determined.

The growing number of cases means that Nairobians will have to wait longer before getting a substantive governor.

At the moment, the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) is running crucial city services from behind the scenes.