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I am not vying for any elective seat in 2022- CS Najib Balala clarifies

Thursday, July 15th, 2021 07:03 | By
Balala makes indirect appeal to serve in Ruto's Government
Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala. PHOTO/Courtesy

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has dismissed reports indicating that he will be seeking a political seat in the forthcoming 2022 General Elections.

In a statement he released on Wednesday, July 14, the CS stated that the reports are erroneous adding that he is focused on serving Kenyans in his current capacity.

“My attention has been drawn to the recent media reports in today’s (Wednesday) Standard Newspaper’s headline story alleging that I will soon be resigning my present position as a cabinet secretary of Tourism and Wildlife to vie for unspecified political office in the 2022 General elections,” he stated.

According to the former Mvita MP, he will not seek any elective seat in the 2022 polls.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I want to categorically state that my focus is to continue to serve the country in my current position as Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife and that I have no plans to vie for any elective seat anywhere in Kenya,” he added.

Reports of Cabinet Secretaries, Cabinet Administrative Assistants and Permanent Secretaries resigning from their current posts became rife after the IEBC stated that they will have to resign six months to the polls in accordance with the law.

With many of them aiming at various political seats, they will have no option but to comply with the directive lest they stand no chance of being cleared to run.

According to the IEBC's Election Operations plan, nominations for presidential candidates will take place between May 30 and June 10 next year.

Campaigns for the 2022 General Elections will officially run from May 10 to August 6, two days before the General Elections.

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