President Uhuru Kenyatta could face the task of appointing quite a number of civil servants before his term comes to an end. This is because there are some Cabinet Secretaries eyeing political seats.
According to the law, civil servants should resign from office six months before the polls. IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati is set to implement this law to the letter.
To abide by this law, these civil servants have 22 days to leave office. This leaves the president with one of two options. He could choose to appoint a new team to replace those leaving or work with those who will remain.
Some dockets are, however, too important to be left open. This could demand that the president appoints a replacement as soon as the CS holding such an office leaves.
CABINET SECRETARIES INTERESTED IN POLITICAL POSITIONS
George Natembeya who was the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner is the first to vacate office as he aims to pursue his interest in being the Trans Nzoia governor.
Other cabinet secretaries eyeing political seats are; Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Charles Keter, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Petroleum and Mining John Munyes, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Simon Chelugui, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, and Cabinet Secretary for Water and Sanitation Sicily Kariuki.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Treasury, Ukur Yatani and Raphael Tuju have said that they are waiting for a go-ahead from the president before leaving office.
Charles Keter has openly said that he will vie for a political position in Kericho. He has also publicly declared his support for Deputy President William Ruto.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, says that he will not vie for a political seat. He says he is busy saving the lives of Kenyans.
Governors across the country are facing a similar dilemma. There are hundreds of senior and junior officers who will be vacating their offices to pursue their political ambitions.