George Natembeya, the Rift Valley regional coordinator has officially resigned from his post.
Natembeya’s focus now shifts to the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial race.
On Wednesday, January 12, the tough-talking state police officially hung up his boots while speaking to the press.
He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, and PS Karanja Kibicho for their support.
“I’m no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner. I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving me this chance to oversee state functions in Rift Valley and the support he has accorded me throughout the two years I have served. It is not easy to get the support of the head of state who is always available when needed,” said Natembeya.
Natembeya will be running for governorship in the August elections in Trans Nzoia county.
The commissioner stated during a press conference on Tuesday, January 11, that he could not govern the county while on other tasks. As a result, Natembeya stated he would put everything on hold in order to focus on his dream to become the county’s chief executive.
“I will on Wednesday formally announce my resignation to focus on politics as l seek the backing of residents of Trans Nzoia to become their governor,” he said on Tuesday, January 12.
“My rivals have been asking me to remove my official uniform and face them in Trans Nzoia. As from Wednesday, I will hang my boots to teach them about leadership,” he added.
George Natembeya, 50, has over 25 years of experience as a state official. From divisional officer to provincial coordinator, he advanced through the ranks.
After taking over from Wanyama Musyambu in 2019, he has been the Rift Valley regional boss for two years.
In the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial race, he will face off against Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and Kakai Bisai, among others.
The law requires that civil servants eyeing elective posts must resign six months before the general election.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) unveiled the election timeliness requiring civil servants seeking to run for office to resign by February 9.