Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned
The police boss announced his resignation on Wednesday to concentrate on his bid for the Trans Nzoai governor bid in the August 9 General Election.
“From today I will no longer be an RC of Rift valley, my counterpart who will replace me in the course of this week or next week. From here I will go back to Nairobi to prepare myself and take a short leave before proceeding to Trans-Nzoia to heed to the calls of Wananchi to serve them as governor,” he said at a press conference in Nakuru.
The 50-year-old has been in the public service for more than 25 years and has held various positions including District Officer (DO) and District Commissioner (DC).
Natembeya said his experience in the public service will help transform the county currently under the leadership of Governor Patrick Khaemba. The county boss’ second and final term expires this year.
“All these experiences that I have gained in the National government, I will take it to the county government to help the residents of Trans-Nzoia,” he said.
He will vie for the seat on the newly launched Democratic Action Party – Kenya ticket.
In the governor race, the tough-talking Natembeya will square it out with Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and long-serving Khaemba cabinet member, Finance executive Boniface Wanyonyi.
Wanyonyi says he wants to build on the legacy of his boss.
Others eyeing the county’s top job include Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, former Agriculture executive Andrew Wanyonyi, businessman Moses Khaoya and Philemon Samoei.
Deputy President William Ruto’s staffers Abraham Singoei and Maurice Bisau are also said to be in the race for the governor seat.
The Kenyan law requires all public servants seeking elective positions to resign six months to a General Election.