RIFT VALLEY REGIONAL COMMISSIONER GEORGE NATEMBEYA RESIGNS


George Natembeya

By: Elijah Maingi

Worth Noting:

  • “All these experiences that I have gained in the National government, I will take it to the county government to help the residents of Trans-Nzoia,” Natembeya said.
  • He is expected to square it out with Kiminini lawmaker Chris Wamalwa, Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, Abraham Sing’oei, and Maurice Bissau who both hold different positions at the office of Deputy President William Ruto amongst others in what is expected to be a highly competitive race to succeed the incumbent David Khaemba.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has resigned after a 25- year stint in the security docket. Natembeya announced his resignation on Wednesday, January 12, stating that he will be seeking to vie for the Trans Nzoia governor’s seat in the August 9, General Elections.

“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.

Speaking to the press in Nakuru, the icon thanked Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, and his Principal secretary, Karanja Kibicho, for allowing him to serve in that capacity.

The 50-year-old, alumni of the University of Nairobi will be counting on his ‘successful’ career in the interior ministry where he has been at the forefront in combating crime and conflicts in the volatile parts of the vast Rift Valley region including Laikipia, Baringo, Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot amongst other areas marred by banditry, cattle rustling, and ethnic conflict.

“All these experiences that I have gained in the National government, I will take it to the county government to help the residents of Trans-Nzoia,” Natembeya said.

He is expected to square it out with Kiminini lawmaker Chris Wamalwa, Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, Abraham Sing’oei, and Maurice Bissau who both hold different positions at the office of Deputy President William Ruto amongst others in what is expected to be a highly competitive race to succeed the incumbent David Khaemba.

George Natembeya is a man who has been hitting headlines because his area of jurisdiction has been marred with deadly violence. Armed bandits terrorized residents of Laikipia county including launching daring daylight attacks prompting the government to involve the military to calm the situation.

According to Natembeya, the violence in the vast region is sponsored by politicians. Among the issues, the regional commander has to contend with include historical injustices, female genital mutilation, cattle rustling, and perennial ethnic conflicts.

But seated in his Nakuru office, Natembeya has managed to wage a brave fight in a move to surmount some of these challenges. However, his sharp tongue has always pictured him as a controversial, rough administrator.

George is a father of three. Two of his children are pursuing tertiary education while one is still in secondary school. Natembeya holds a bachelor of arts and a masters of arts degree in anthropology from The University of Nairobi.

He began his administrative role as a Personal Assistance (PA) to the late Minister for security John Michuki.  After a stint of four years, Natembeya was promoted to a District Officer then to a District Commissioner in Murang’a.

As a DC, the 50-year-old was tasked with suppressing the Mungiki gang that was terrorizing residents. He had replaced Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka. As one of his first duties, Natembeya was successful in quashing the Mungiki menace

Natembeya who has been described as defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s ‘project’ served as the District Officer (DO) in Narok County in 2003 where he was at the forefront in combating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages.

During his tenure in Narok, the administrator led peace efforts and disarmament exercises amongst the Maasai and Kipsigis communities in the Trans Mara area. He also coordinated the eviction of persons from the Mau Forest. The outspoken RC also previously served as the personal assistant of the late Internal Security minister, John Michuki between 2005-2008 with whom he sharpened his leadership skills.

Natembeya had been campaigning in Trans Nzoia but he had not intensified his bid until he was endorsed by the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) on Sunday, January 2. The party which is also allied to Defense Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, endorsed Natembeya and described him as the perfect candidate capable of clinching the seat.

Before the endorsement by DAP-K, Natenbeya clashed with Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, over claims that he was a political project.

Addressing mourners at the funeral of the late Orie Rogo Manduli, Natembeya refuted claims that he was being sponsored by the Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, stating that he was an independent man.

He went ahead to insinuate that the Kiminini legislator was a project of FORD Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula.

In a separate event, Natembeya was booed after he claimed that Wamalwa should vie for the position of the Member of County Assembly (MCA) after leaving the National Assembly.

The former Rift Valley Regional Commander also threw jabs at educated aspirants who are teaming up with “illiterate” politicians yet they want to lead people.

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