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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya Quits

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned.

The 50-year-old revealed to the Nation of his plans to resign on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, having held the post for more than 25 years.

Natembeya explained on Tuesday, January 11, a day before the official announcement that he would switch his focus to the Trans Nzoia governor’s seat.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya during a past media interview. /FILE

“I will today formally announce my resignation to focus on politics as l seek the backing of residents of Trans Nzoia to become their governor,” Natembeya revealed.

He added that he was intent on teaching his rivals a lesson regarding leadership, hence he decided to step down from his post to battle them head-on in Trans Nzoia.

“My rivals have been asking me to remove my official uniform and face them in Trans Nzoia. As from today, I will hang my boots to teach them about leadership,” he added.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday in Nakuru, Natembeya thanked Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, and his Principal secretary, Karanja Kibicho for according him the support during his time as Rift Valley Commissioner. He also thanked his family for enduring the time he was away on duty during his tenure as the County Commissioner.

Natembeya becomes one of the first high-ranking officials in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to resign to focus on politics.

The tough-talking security officer has served in the post for 25 years and at the age of 50, he became the youngest regional commissioner.

He draws his stern tone from former Internal Security minister John Michuki, whom he served as a personal assistant for four years. Natembeya added that he learnt important lessons from the no-nonsense politician, who died in 2012, that he wants to apply as a governor.

He joins a growing list of aspirants eyeing the gubernatorial seat, now held by Governor Patrick Khaemba. He will have to battle Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and long-serving Khaemba cabinet member, Finance executive Boniface Wanyonyi.

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

Public servants eyeing political seats in the August 9 General Election in line with the Elections Act have until February 9, 2022, to step down from their posts.

The Nation also reported that more than 20 senior government officials, including Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, chief administrative secretaries and heads of state corporations, are expected to resign.

Two cases have however been filed at the High Court challenging the resignation rule that says civil servants must resign six months before the polls.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter. /TWITTER/CAPITAL BREAKING

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