Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, Isaac Terer said it was important for civil servants to carefully weigh their options before resigning to run for any political office.
“It is a matter of choice to join politics and go for any elective seat, but my advice to civil servants is to carefully assess their chances of being elected before quitting knowing that running for political office is very competitive and expensive,” said Terer.
Speaking at Chereber trading centre where he launched his bid for the Kesses parliamentary seat, Terer however, welcomed a recent ruling by the labour relations court in Kericho to give more time to civil servants who have declared interest to vie for seats during the August 8 general elections.
He said the ruling was a reprieve for those who will lose at the nomination stage as they will be able to return to their duties, averting a situation where those who want to try their hand in politics would be rendered jobless when they lose during nominations.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Kericho barred the electoral commission from disqualifying public servants seeking elective seats who had not resigned by February 7 deadline set by the election law.
The election law dictates that civil servants eyeing elective seats should resign six months before the polls, but the court ruled that this was unconstitutional.
At the same time Terer advised youths in the county to resist any attempts of being used by politicians to fight their political wars.
He said for a long time some politicians had resorted to using the youth to disrupt their opponent’s public rallies or to boo and heckle opponents to show they were not popular.
“We have also seen cases where some political aspirants are using the youth to destroy posters and banners of opponents, this is wrong,” said Terer.
Kesses parliamentary seat has attracted nine aspirants who are all running on Jubilee party ticket. “Every aspirant has a right to sell their agenda in any part of Uasin Gishu peacefully, in the end the electorate will make their choice,” he said.
In Uasin Gishu County, a number of senior officers resigned to join politics. The County Secretary, Peter Lelei is running for Nandi Hills MP, while Trade executive, Phillip Melly will seek the senate seat in Uasin Gishu.
Others are Finance CEC, Shadrack Sambai, Barnabas Sang, Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) CEC who also doubles as Public Service Management Acting CEC, and the governors political advisor, Janet Rotich.
Source: Kenya News Agency