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President Kenyatta’s Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita resigns after 7 years

Nzioka Waita, the State House Chief of Staff, officially resigned Wednesday from his post, to focus on his Machakos Governor quest.

In a statement, Waita said that he had already tendered his resignation as the Chief of Staff in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government as he eyes the Machakos governor seat.

“I wish to announce that I have tendered my resignation as Chief of Staff of H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander In Chief of the Defence forces.

“As I bid farewell to the House on the Hill, I wish to thank H.E the President for the honour of appointing me to be a member of his administration and allowing me the humbling privilege to serve the people of Kenya in various different capacities over the seven years,” reads part of the statement.

President Uhuru Kenyatta accepted his resignation in a brief meeting at State House, Nairobi, and thanked him for his exemplary service in the portfolios he held over the 7-year period including oversighting implementation of flagship government projects as Head of the President’s Delivery Unit.

Waita joined the Machakos gubernatorial race on January 4th, 2021. He rolled out his campaign through ads on many billboards across Machakos with the message “Masaku Mbee 2022”.

He promised to deliver on health, water, education, markets, an enabling environment for job creation and investment attraction, and ward-level development.

If he succeeds, Machakos will have it’s second former State House operative at the helm. Incumbent Governor Alfred Mutua resigned as Government Spokesman to join politics in 2013.

Elections Act 2011 states that public servants seeking elective positions to step down from their roles at least six months to General Elections.

Several government officials ranging from CSs, CASs and PSs have resigned from Uhuru’s government. Among them Charles Keter (CS Devolution), John Munyes (CS Petroleum and Mining), Adan Mohamed (CS EAC), Joseph Irungu (Water PS), Joseph Boinnet (CAS Tourism) among others.

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