Rift Valley RC George Natembeya resigns to run for governor of Trans Nzoia »Capital News
NAKURU, Kenya, January 12 – Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned after 25 years in the security role to focus on politics.
Speaking at a press conference in Nakuru, Natembeya announced that he would seek to run for the seat of governor of Trans Nzoia in the August elections.
“From today I will no longer be a RC of the Rift Valley, my counterpart who will replace me in the course of this week or next week. From there I will return to Nairobi to prepare and take a short leave of absence before heading to Trans-Nzoia to respond to Wananchi’s calls to serve them as governor, ”he said in his remarks.
He is expected to come to an agreement with Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, Abraham Sing’oei and Maurice Bissau who both hold different positions in Vice President William Ruto’s office, among others in what should be a hotly contested race to succeed incumbent David Khaemba.
Other contestants include Philemon Samoei, Andrew Wanyonyi, and Moses Khaoya, among others.
50-year-old University of Nairobi alumnus will count on his “successful” career at the Home Office where he was at the forefront of the fight against crime and conflict in volatile parties from the vast region of the Rift Valley including Laikipia, Baringo, Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, among other areas marred by banditry, cattle rustling and ethnic conflict.
“All these experiences that I have gained in the national government, I will bring them to the county government to help the people of Trans-Nzoia,” Natembeya said.
Natembeya, who has been described as the “project” of Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, served as a District Officer (DO) in Narok County in 2003 where he was at the forefront of the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage.
During his tenure in Narok, the administrator led peace efforts and disarmament exercises among Maasai and Kipsigis communities in the Trans Mara region.
He also coordinated the eviction of the people from the Mau Forest.
The outspoken RC was also previously the personal assistant to the late Minister of Homeland Security, John Michuki, between 2005 and 2008, with whom he honed his leadership skills.