- Mwangangi said the best way deputy governors can work with their bosses is to work in fidelity to the Constitution.
- He said in Machakos he may not get his way every time but understands that the governor is the boss.
Machakos deputy governor Francis Mwangangi has claimed that county bosses fighting with their deputies will be thrown out by voters in 2027.
Mwangangi, who said he has a cordial working relationship with his boss Wavinya Ndeti, said county bosses embroiled in tussles will finally go separate ways and lose at the ballot.
"Watch this space, the governors and deputies who are fighting will be thrown out by voters. That is something I will tell you... If you had an agreement and you did not get your way, chances are that you will meet at the ballot," Mwangangi said.
Speaking on Citizen TV on Friday morning, Mwangangi said the best way deputy governors can work with their bosses is to work in fidelity to the Constitution.
"As a deputy governor, one must understand that the governor has the overall management role to run the county so that you can work together," he said.
Mwangangi said that in Machakos, the governor is focused on service delivery and that he has never experienced any disrespect or mistreatment from Ndeti at any time.
"The people of Machakos come first and that is her agenda and it is my duty to make sure that she succeeds," he said.
The sentiments come in the wake of vicious political fighting among some governors and their deputies including in the counties of Siaya and Kericho.
According to Mwangangi, some deputies who are fighting with their bosses could have signed pre-election deals without looking at the Constitutional provisions that provide that the governor is the one in charge.
"The constitution provides for the roles and functions of the governor but some deputy governors went into pre-election agreements without looking at what the constitution says," he said.
In his case, Mwangangi said he has found good working chemistry with his boss because he understands that Ndeti is the overall boss and has the constitutional authority to run the county.
"I think I am highly consulted and highly involved," he said, insisting that he has given the governor her space to run the show.
"What I have done in Machakos County is to allow the governor her space to run the county and I am available 24 hours if she wants to consult on anything and if she wants me to do anything."
The deputy county boss said, like other counties, there was a time they had differences but they managed to sort them out and are now serving the people.
"My governor has special skills and at sometimes you might think that you have disagreed but she will go round and tell you that I am a mother and you have to know that we are here to work for the people of Machakos," he said.
He said their working chemistry has shocked foes who had predicted a short-lived marriage after the last polls given that they both served as MPs before.
"There was fear that if these individuals came together, there would be some split because of thirst for power," he said.
Mwangangi disclosed that he is aware of many deputies fighting with their governors but challenged them to stick to the provisions of the constitution and serve the interests of the people.
"We must put the interests of our people first and as leaders, we must know why we are there first and I agree to work together," he said.
"A deputy governor must understand the boss and know their place. One needs to understand what the constitution says about your role as a deputy governor."