Cabinet Secretaries Venture Into Politics: Who Might They Face?

Written by on 9 February 2022

As the Wednesday resignation deadline for all civil servants eyeing elective posts lapses, four Cabinet Secretaries; Charles Keter, Sicily Kariuki, Adan Mohamed and John Munyes have announced their departure.

The four are all seeking gubernatorial seats in the August 9 elections, so who are they jumping into the race against?

Charles Keter who has been the Devolution CS is eyeing the Kericho County top job. He has previously served in the energy ministry up to September last year when he was moved to Devolution in a cabinet reshuffle.

In his bid to succeed Paul Chepkwony, Keter could face incumbent Deputy Governor Lily Ngok, Engineer Fred Kirui and Dr. Eric Mutai, a lecturer at Embu university amongst others.

At the same time, immediate former East African Community & Regional Integration Cabinet Secretary CS Adan Mohamed who is seeking to succeed Mandera Governor Ali Ibrahim Roba could face Education Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan and incumbent senator Mohamed Maalim Mohamud.

Other players in the Mandera gubernatorial race are county assembly speaker Mohamed Adan Khalif, Ali Kiti, a banker, as well as businessmen Feisal Abass and Adan Haji Issack.

In Turkana County, immediate former Petroleum and Mining CS John Munyes will be contesting for the top job against Erastus Lokaale, the incumbent county assembly speaker, Turkana Central MP John Lodepe, Turkana South MP James Lomenen, as well as Jeremiah Lomurukai, the MP for Loima constituency.

They will be seeking to succeed Governor Josephat Nanok whose two-year term comes to an end in August

Meanwhile, outgoing Water CS Sicily Kairuki, the latest to announce her resignation as she eyes the Nyandarua gubernatorial seat, will be facing current Woman Representative Faith Gitau and former governor Daniel Waithaka.

Former deputy governor Waithaka Mwangi Kirika and businessman Dr Moses Kiarie are also in the race to unseat Francis Kimemia as the Nyandarua County boss.

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