NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – Export Promotion Council (EPC) Chief Executive Ruth Mwaniki has declared her intentions to succeed Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau in the upcoming General Election.
Mwaniki, who was flanked by a section of Kigumo residents and leaders, told a press conference that she will be facing other aspirants in the battle for the Jubilee Party ticket ahead of the 2017 polls as she targets to clinch the Kigumo parliamentary seat.
“This is the right time because the current MP is going for Murang’a governorship but I want to assure you that I will be vying on the Jubilee Party ticket when the time comes,” she said amid cheers by bunch of supporters who accompanied her.
According to Mwaniki, the incumbent legislator has done a good job which she vowed to continue doing in order to uplift the lives of the people of Kigumo should she be elected into the August house to represent them.
“We have to uplift Kigumo constituency so that it can continue to move forward,” she said.
She however fell short of giving specific timelines within which she would be submitting her resignation from the Export Promotion Council – even as the February 2017 deadline for resignation of public servants contesting for elective positions approaches.
Mwaniki joins a list of civil servants lining up for elective positions in the upcoming elections in what appears to be a realization of the influence which comes with being an elected leader.
On Thursday, a batch of aspiring leaders thronged Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices at the Anniversary Towers in a race against time to meet a deadline for submission of campaign finance committees as required by Section 6 of the Campaign Finance Act of 2013.
According to the new regulations, political parties and candidates are by law required to, “register their respective authorized persons and submit details of the campaign financing account as per Section 6 of the Act (Campaign Finance Act of 2013) pending approval of the regulations by the National Assembly.”
Hundreds of aspirants who showed up at the commission’s offices seeking to comply with the law however faced frustrations as commission staff worked tirelessly to clear hundreds of submissions be made forcing it to extend the deadline to December 9.
Several county governments have also issued advisory memoranda in the recent past asking public servants to tender in their resignation letters by the end of the year.
“This is to inform all public officers who intend to contest for elective seats in the forthcoming 2017 General Elections to give their notice of resignation by November 9th 2016,” read a memo by released on November 1 by Wajir county’s Chief Officer for Labour and Special Programmes Jimale Hassan.
Mwaniki’s announcement brings to the fore the hurdles that await public servants considering to ditch their jobs for elective seats as the reality of compliance to law begins to haunt them.
Among notable public servants eyeing elective positions include Kenya’s envoy to Tanzania Hon Chirau Ali Makwere (Kwale gubernatorial race), Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation (Nairobi gubernatorial race), Eugene Wamalwa and Ministry of Devolution and Planning administrator Hassan Noor (Mandera gubernatorial race).