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Natembeya resigns as Regional Commissioner to venture into politics

Even though he has not announced the political party that he will be using, Natembeya expressed confidence that he is up to the task ahead in Trans Nzoia.

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The immediate former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya addressing journalists after announcing his resignation to venture into politics.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

George Natembeya has on Wednesday resigned as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner.

This he said is to allow him venture into active politics.

Natembeya who addressed journalists in his Nakuru Town office  after holding meeting with county commissioners from the 14 counties of the larger Rift Valley Region was categorical that he was setting the pace for civil servants who want to join politics.

He used the opportunity to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i and Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for the support they accorded him.

“My time to leave is here and I want to make it clear that I won’t put on this uniform again unless under very extra-ordinary circumstances.There is my colleague who will take over from me in the course of next week.I want to thank all those who stood with me starting with President,CS Matiang’i and PS Karanja Kibich” he said.

Natembeya has vast experience in matters administration.

He joined in 1996 as District officer posted in Kilgoris before he was appointed Personal Assistant to the late John Michuki who by the was Minister for Interior.

Natembeya was later appointed District Commissioner Murang’a and Nairobi before he was promoted to County Commissioner Isiolo and Narok.

After good service in Narok, he was promoted to position of Regional Commissioner for the vast Rift Valley Region manning 14 counties among them the conflict-prone Laikipia, Baringo and Samburu.

“I have vast experience and this I can attribute to the good working relationship with my colleagues. But I also learnt alot of qualities such as honesty from the late Michuki when I served as his PA for 3 years” said Natembeya.

Even though he has not announced the political party that he will be using, Natembeya expressed confidence that he is up to the task ahead in Trans Nzoia.

He believes in politics of sanity and stated that it is high time to bring about paradigm shift in the way politics are run in the country.

“For those who were saying Natembeya is doing politics in uniform, let them know I have now resigned and ready to face them with clean politics” he said.

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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