Police spokesperson Charles Owino will retire from the National Police Service (NPS) in December so that he can prepare to run for the Siaya gubernatorial seat.
“For now I am still in office and cannot delve much into matters of politics. What you should understand is that retirement is a process and at 60 years it is called forced retirement but from 50 you can retire early from public service,” he said.
Speaking to Mayienga FM, the political science and communications said he understands Kenya’s political landscape and is competent enough to seek office.
“I studied political science and communications at university and so I understand what politics is,” he said.
“I will ensure that sustainable projects like water projects are initiated for the benefit of our people. With my tenure, I will transform Siaya to be the best county because I have the brains to do so.”
He told the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) owned radio station that he will contest for the seat on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.
“Even in the US, there are those States that are popular with either Democrats or Republicans and so you choose which party augers well with the people around you,” he said.
While addressing ODM delegates from Alego/Usonga in Usonga ward, two weeks ago, Owino urged his competitors to seek other elective posts if they wished to remain relevant, politically.
“I never wanted to declare my political interest here today but because my father has reminded who am I not to show you a direction, you are aware that next year people will declare interests in various positions and as a person who has worked in government, my age will have clocked 50 which allows me to resign,” said Owino.
He added, “I know that the seat will attract many contestants including Senator Orengo and I hope he and other potential contenders are much prepared for the race or else they will be disappointed at the ballot box.”
Owino also noted that he is now clear to work with ODM since they are now working with the government at whose pleasure he serves.
Governor Cornel Rasanga’s tenure comes to an end next year after serving for two terms.