Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned today, January 12, becoming the first senior government officials to quit ahead of the August General Election.
Natembeya is set to officially venture into politics.
In a press conference earlier this Wednesday, the former Narok County Commissioner revealed that he will be contesting for the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial seat.
He said the experience he has heaped up over the years while serving the government in various administrative capacities will enable him to serve the people of Trans Nzoia with distinction.
“The locals have asked me to go for the position and I have accepted. Today, I am letting go of my uniform. I will never wear it again unless under very extraordinary circumstances,” he said.
Natembeya said he will pass the baton to whomever his bosses will appoint to replace him.
“Now I am going to Nairobi and have a rest. Then I will hit the ground running and my opponents should know that I’m the next governor of Trans Nzoia,” he said.
He paid homage to former Interior Minister the late John Njoroge Michuki for mentoring him and instilling discipline in him.
“Mzee Michuki was my role model. I learned a lot when I served as his personal assistant between 2005 and 2008. He always wanted perfection and taught me what public service entails. I owe a lot to him,” he said.
Natembeya also thanked President and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for giving him the opportunity to serve.
However, he did not reveal the political vehicle he will ride on in his chasing to become the second governor of Trans Nzoia.
Recently, the recently unveiled Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K) endorsed Natembeya for the seat. The outfit is linked to Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa.
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