The race to succeed current Trans-Nzoia County Governor Hon Patrick Simiyu Khaemba is slowly taking shape. The contest has narrowed down to a two-horse race between former Rift Valley regional coordinator George Natembeya of Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K), an outfit associated with Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Kimilili Member of Parliament Chris Wakhungu Wamalwa. Wamalwa will be vying for the seat on a Ford Kenya ticket.
After Natembeya resigned from the government and joined the governorship contest, he was quickly lauded for taking the bold step by members of the Sabaot community elders led by former Kitale Municipality Deputy Mayor Pius Arap Kauka who is the spokesperson of the community.
The elders further demanded that he chooses a running mate from the community if he wanted their votes in the August elections that would lead to a likely win.
The Sabaot Community has therefore been fronting Hon Milkah Psiwa to deputise Hon Natembeya. Milkah is an experienced politician and technocrat.She is graduate from Moi and Egerton Universities where she pursued BA Sociology and Master in Community Development and Project Management respectively. She has worked at West Pokot County Government since January 2018 in various dockets.
After her appointment by Professor John Lonyang'apuo, she has served in dockets which include working as Chief Officer Department of Water and Natural Resources, Chief Officer Medical Services and as Accounting Officer Investment and cooperate development.
The county has a cosmopolitan setting, with predominantly Luhya, Sabaot, Nandi, Kikuyu, Kisii, Luos and Marakwet being the main resident communities. The Luhya (Bukusu) community takes a big share of close to 60 per cent of the votes. Natembeya and Wamalwa are both from the larger Bukusu tribe and what will determine who wins in the August 9th General-Election is their choices of the running mate.
In 2013 general elections, Mr Patrick Khaemba emerged the winner of the then newly devolved umit with 87,000 votes to become the county's first Governor. He beat Kakai Bisau and former cabinet minister Noah Wekesa, who came second and third place respectively. He also defended his seat in 2017 on a Ford Kenya ticket after maintaining his Deputy who came from the Nandi Community that largely inhabits Cherangani and Kwanza Constituencies.
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