More than half of President Uhuru Cabinet is salivating over elective seats in the 2022 General Election, a move that could see them resign early 2022 to prepare for the elections.
According to the Standard Newspaper, a section of Uhuru’s Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries are expected to resign over the next six months.
This is after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission last month issued a notice that required all public servants anticipating to run for political seats to leave office by February 9, 2022, which is six month to the General Election.
It has been revealed that the majority of CSs have expressed interest in gubernatorial seats with only one opting for a senate position.
Some of the CSs who have shown interest in elective positions include Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, John Munyes (Mining and Petroleum), Peter Munya (Agriculture), Sicily Kariuki (Water and Sanitation), Charles Keter (Energy), Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Simon Chelugui (Labour), Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Tourism’s Najib Balala.
Only Najib Balala has shown interest in the Senate seat and is eying to unseat Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki Mwinyihaji.
Keter, Chelugui, and Kagwe are all eyeing Kericho, Baringo, and Nyeri gubernatorial seats respectively.
Although he has not publicly declared his next political move, Matiang’i has in the recent past appeared to be interested in an elective seat with pressure from his supporters asking him to succeed his boss in 2022.
This is after the CS held a meeting with local leaders and the ODM party at a Nairobi Hotel with details of the meeting remaining scanty.
“Matiang’i is beyond the MP or governor position, he is going for the presidency, nothing less,
“One thing, you better take him seriously, he is a worthy contender and will shock many. President Kenyatta could actually endorse him given his track record,” Nakuru Town MP Samwel Arama said.
The exit of Matiang’i will send Uhuru back to the drawing board since the majority of Kenyans believe the super CS is the only person who is capable of ensuring a peaceful electioneering period.