Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned to allow him venture into politics.
Natembeya is eying the Trans Nzoia Governor’s seat at this year’s general elecrions where he is seeking to unseat Governor Patrick Khaemba who is set to complete his term in office this year.
Speaking to the press in Nakuru, the Rift Valley RC thanked the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, and his Principal secretary, Karanja Kibicho, for giving him an opportunity to serve in that capacity. He further acknowledged the role of his seniors and juniors who played a role in making his time as the Rift Valley regional commissioner successful.
“I am no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner,” Natembeya said on Wednesday.
He has been in public service for more than 25 years starting from 1996 and has served as Rift Valley Commissioner for two and half years.
“I am letting go of this police uniform and duties. I won’t be seen in it unless under extraordinary circumstances,” he announced
“My rivals have been asking me to remove my official uniform and face them in Trans Nzoia. As from now, I hang my boots to teach them about leadership,” he added.
While declaring his resignation, the commissioner reminisced of his successes and challenges while in the security docket, noting that he leaves the larger Rift Valley region safer, owing to several security measures in place. He further noted there are still some challenges in some parts of the Rift valley such as Kerio valley, Marakwet East, Baringo and Tiaty West areas.
The outgoing commissioner did not disclose on which party he will vie for the for the highly contested seat.
Natembeya is the first high-ranking official in the government to resign ahead of the February 9 deadline for public servants eyeing political seats in the August 9 general Election in line with the Elections Act.