Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has resigned.
Keter who is eyeing a Kericho County Gubernatorial seat on a UDA ticket has resigned according to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Election directives for a public servant to resign six months to the General Election.
Keter has vowed to support the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto in his bid for presidential seat.
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua gave a directive in a letter dated January 28 to all public servants seeking elective offices in the August 9 General Election to quit their jobs.
Kinyua asked the CSs, Chief Administrative Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and other senior government officials interested in running for elective office to vacate by Tuesday 8th Feb 2022.
Designated officers like the President, Deputy President, Senator, MP, and MCAs are exempted from this section allowing them to continue serving until the next occupants are sworn in or the Houses are dissolved a few months before the elections.
IEBC had given a directive to all public servants to resign by February 9 during the unveiling of the 2022 election timelines.
Though in a ruling delivered by Lady Justice Monica Mbaru of the Employment and Labour Relations Court, IEBC was stopped from disqualifying public servants eyeing political seats if they would not have resigned by then.
Charles Keter was elected to represent Belgut constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in the December 2007 parliamentary election.
In 2013 he ran for the senatorial seat for Kericho County on a URP ticket under the Jubilee Coalition led by Uhuru Kenyatta and won, thereafter appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Energy & Petroleum in 2015.