Trans Nzoia county officials eyeing elective seats

Trans Nzoia deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus (left) chats with the finance county executive committee member Bonface Wanyonyi during the launch of a new mobile phone revenue collection system on June 10, 2021. Mr. Wanyonyi has gubernatorial ambitions. Photo/Courtesy

​A number of officials at the county government of Trans Nzoia have expressed interest in various elective seats in the region as the 2022 general elections draw nigh.

The officials who include county executive committee members, chief officers, and officers within various departments believe they have all it takes to serve in elective capacities.

The county’s finance and planning CEC Boniface Wanyonyi has set sights on taking over from Governor Patrick Khaembawhose two-term in the office is coming to a close.

Mr. Wanyonyi’s interest in the seat dates back to 2017 where he was among the contestants but he eventually sacrificed his ambition in favour of Governor Khaemba.

The county secretary Sifuna Wakofula has been a long-time admirer of the Kiminini parliamentary seat and his handlers are keen on having him join the race in time.

Water, environment, and natural resources chief officer John Meng’wa has an ambition of becoming the MP of Saboti constituency.

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Lands and urban planning CEC Mrs Christine Tanguli who vied for the woman representative seat in 2013 and 2017 has shifted focus to the Kwanza parliamentary seat.

Education CEC Dr. Isaac Kogo, Livestock chief officer Shadrack Kimutai, and his Trade counterpart Simon Kisikei have all declared interest in the Cherang’any parliamentary seat.

Public Service Management CEC Susan Neloma who quit teaching to vie for the Nabiswa ward MCA seat in 2017 will be hunting for the woman representative slot.

The county’s head of security Patrick Simiyu is in the race for the Cherang’any parliamentary seat after being unsuccessful in the 2013 and 2017 elections.

County assembly speaker Joshua Werunga who vied for the Endebess parliamentary seat in 2013 and the Kwanza slot in 2017 is being touted to join the senatorial race.

The county assembly’s finance officer Moses Lupao is keen on securing the Kwanza parliamentary seat.