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Political Party Natembeya Will Use In Trans Nzoia Governor Bid

A political party has endorsed former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya‘s bid to become the next governor of Trans Nzoia County during the August 9, 2022 elections.

The Democratic Action Party (DAP-K) which is associated with Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, settled upon the former commissioner to bear its standard in the gubernatorial race.

DAP-K secretary-general Eseli Simiyu, who is also Tongaren MP, revealed that Natembeya would be their candidate. He is expected to go against Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and long-serving Khaemba cabinet member, Finance executive Boniface Wanyonyi.

Logo of the The Democratic Action Party (DAP-K). /TWITTER

Others in the race are Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, former Agriculture executive Andrew Wanyonyi, businessman Moses Khaoya and Philemon Samoei.

“We will have George Natembeya to fight for the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial seat on a DAP-K ticket,” Simiyu revealed to the Nation on Thursday, January 13.

The party was launched in December 2021 and has been reportedly targeting the counties of Bungoma and Trans Nzoia to gain momentum ahead of the elections.

It has been in support of the Azimio la Umoja movement led by ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is seeking the presidential seat for the fifth time.

Natembeya revealed his plans to resign on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, having held the post for more than 25 years. Speaking to the press in Nakuru, Natembeya thanked Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, and his Principal secretary, Karanja Kibicho for according him support during his time as the Rift Valley Commissioner.

He also thanked his family for enduring the time he was away on duty during his tenure as the County Commissioner.

Following his resignation, Natembeya was reassigned to the Office of the President (OOP) headquarters in Nairobi. Replacing him in the position is Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim.

A press release by Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, on Wednesday, revealed that Natembeya was moved to Uhuru’s office to complete his 30-day period.

Revealing his intrigues behind his reassignment, the former commissioner clarified that he was redeployed to Harambee house to pave the way for his exit.

“I have resigned from the government. But when you want to exit government, there are some procedures to be followed and there are clearances to be done. That’s what we are doing now.

“I had accrued so many leave days, so many of these exiting procedures will be covered within the leave days, that is why you see I have been deployed to the OP headquarters, but basically I have resigned,” he revealed to a local media house.

He became one of the first high-ranking officials in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to resign to focus on politics. More than 20 senior government officials, including Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, chief administrative secretaries and heads of state corporations, are also expected to resign.

They include Cabinet Secretaries Charles Keter and John Munyes (Petroleum), State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita, and Chief Administrative Secretaries Ababu Namwamba, John Mosonik, Joseph Boinnet, Lawrence Karanja and Nelson Gaichuhie.

Others said to be eyeing political seats include Cabinet secretaries James Macharia, Sicily Kariuki, Peter Munya, Ukur Yatani, Simon Chelugui, Mutahi Kagwe, Keriako Tobiko and Najib Balala.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter. /TWITTER/CAPITAL BREAKING

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