Top civil servants beat deadline to resign for politics
SEE ALSO :Raila meets Western leadersForeign Service Secretary Joseph Ndathi and Deputy Director of Supply and Procurement Joseph Mathuki tendered their resignation letters to Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi. Ndathi, who joined the Civil Service in 1982, will be running for Kirinyaga County governor seat, while Mathuki is running for the Masinga parliamentary seat. Ndathi, who initially worked as Director in the Ministry of Immigration, said his track record as a reformer speaks for itself. Mathuki said he is banking on his vast international connection to assist Masinga residents. Livestock Permanent Secretary Ken Lusaka and his Gender counterpart James Nyikal too tendered their resignations to vie for public posts.
SEE ALSO :What 2020 means for RutoForestry PS Mohammed Wamwachai and his public Works counterpart John Lonyangapuo also announced their departure from office. Lusaka wants the Bungoma governor’s seat, Wamwachai will vie in Kwale and Lunyangapuo is eyeing West Pokot senate seat. Senior Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly Peter Omolo has taken early retirement to vie for the Kisumu County governor’s seat. Omolo, who has served the public for 35 years, was the senior most member of staff in Parliament after the National Assembly Clerk Patrick Gichohi. Kenya’s High Commissioner to Australia Stephen Tarus and his counterpart in Nigeria Francis Sigei have sent their quit notices to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Kenya’s Ambassador to Belgium Kembi Gitura also resigned while the country’s envoy to China Julius Sunkuli, is expected to contest the Narok County senator’s seat. Dr Alfred Mutua announced on Monday he had resigned to join politics. He will be seeking to be the elected governor for Machakos County on a Wiper Democratic Party ticket. He was welcomed to the party by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka. “I will also be writing a book titled “Shooting the Messenger” in due course. The book will be full of truths because I have been in government for eight years and learnt a lot, including secrets that I will be buried with,” said Mutua. Higher Education Loans Board chief executive Benjamin Cheboi, Communications Commission of Kenya chairman Philip Okundi, Kenya Airports Authority board chairman Martin Nyaga Wambora, Garissa district commissioner Elijah Taragon and Joseph Tiampati, a general manager at NSSF, have all also left. Taragon said he is resigning to contest the governorship in Trans Nzoia County. The Chairman of the Exports Promotion Council Njeru Ndwiga is also among the civil servants who have stepped aside from their jobs in preparation to vie for a political seat in next year’s General Election. Prof Kivutha Kibwana also left office to concentrate on his bid for the Makueni County governorship. On Sunday, Joash Nyamoko, a manager at Athi River based Technology Development Centre, said he had resigned. Nyamoko intends to vie for the newly created North Mugirango parliamentary seat.
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