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Natembeya promoted after numerous achievements in Narok

After  serving  Narok residents for one year and three months, outspoken County Commissioner (CC), George Natembeya has been promoted to the rank of Regional Commissioner (RC).

Natembeya, 48, is expected to hand over to the now Nandi County Commissioner (CC), Samuel Kimiti before leaving to coordinate National Government activities in the 14 counties of the Rift  Valley region.

Addressing journalists in his office on Friday, Natembeya thanked President Kenyatta for entrusting him with a higher  responsibility, saying he is ready to face the huge task ahead.

“Cattle  rustling and general insecurity in the North Rift, increasing cases of road accident along major highways in the  rift  and restoring Mau forest in parts of South Rift will be my main focus. I will work with other public servants on the  ground to bring sanity,” said Natembeya.

Natembeya  will  also be remembered for successfully leading an operation to mop up over 100 guns that were illegally  under  civilian hands in Trans Mara West and East Sub Counties in mid last  year.

The  outgoing CC has received numerous praises around the country for his efforts in environment conservation and fight  towards  ending retrogressive cultural practices in the Maasai Land.

Recently, Interior  Cabinet  Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i  said the effort of  Natembeya to protect and conserve Maasai  Mau  forest was remarkable as he is the voice of the President on the ground.

“What  we have  seen Natembeya doing in this county is the plan of the National Government and he speaks the voice of the  President. I dare to say this in public that there is no one in this country who can sack him despite the threats because  we are behind him,” Matiang’i said.

The  Chief Coordinator of Government Projects  spoke last month during the opening of the new county commissioner’s office   in  Narok North where he praised Natembeya, saying he is very honest and faithful civil servant when implementing government  projects especially the projects that fall directly under his docket.

“Natembeya has used only Sh.26 Million to construct this County Commissioner’s office which is a three storey building. This is very remarkable as the same amount of money was not enough in other counties. I can say without any fear that he  is one of the best performing county commissioners in the country,” reiterated  Matiang’i.

The  outgoing CC  last year became famous after he led his security team to evict about 7, 700 people  who had encroached the Maasai Mau forest in Kosia and Nkoben areas hence recovering 12, 000 hectares of  the forest land.

His  firm stand despite strong opposition from political leaders drawn from the Rift  Valley who made several visits to the affected areas made Natembeya more popular in the region.

Natembeya  later  hit headlines when he announced that all girls joining form one would undergo a FGM and pregnancy test in  a bid to produce the people who cut them and the men behind their pregnancies.

Though his attempt was strongly opposed by women groups and human activists organizations, the threat seemed to have bore fruits as more girls have enrolled in form one this year compared to previous years where many would stick at home nursing  wounds after the cut while others got married immediately after undergoing the initiation.

Natembeya confessed that his greatest achievement while in Narok was helping in resolving numerous cases of land issues  where he has foreseen many individuals get their legal title deeds.

“When I came here, my major challenge was land issues and many people preferred rushing to court instead of resolving them  amicably in their villages to avoid delays. I have at least overseen many group ranches dropping their cases and resolving  to sub divide their land without any wrangles,” he said.

By  Ann  Salaton

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