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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya resigns

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya resigns

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned after more than 25 years in Public service to focus on his political ambitions.

The administrator who rose through the ranks from a District Officer (DO) to a Regional Commissioner (RC), is eyeing to succeed the incumbent Trans- Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba, serving his last term.

Natembeya’s resignation becomes the first from high-ranking civil servants in the current regime.

According to a political calendar released by the electoral body, Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) last year, public servants targeting elective positions were given six months until February 9, 2022, to resign from the service.

However, a High Court ruling on January 6, 2022 gave a reprieve to the civil servants after it suspended the directive by the IEBC for them to resign by February 9.

The ruling followed a case in which IEBC together with the Attorney General was sued for the resignation rule. The court will on January 24 decide whether to extend the orders or vacate them.

Other Senior government officials said to be eyeing elective positions include Cabinet secretaries Charles Keter, James Macharia, John Munyes, Sicily Kariuki, Peter Munya, Eugene Wamalwa, Ukur Yatani, Simon Chelugui, Mutahi Kagwe, Keriako Tobiko, and Najib Balala.

In Trans Nzoia, Natembeya will face Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and the county Finance executive Boniface Wanyonyi as top contenders.
Others in the race are Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, former Agriculture executive Andrew Wanyonyi, businessman Moses Khaoya, and Mr Philemon Samoei.

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