BY PAUL MUKANA
Patrick Simiyu Khaemba is a name that without any doubt has a visible mark and will remain in the history of Trans Nzoia county politics.
Born on 14 th December 1955 and raised in Trans Nzoia, Khaemba is currently serving his second and last term as governor of Trans Nzoia county.
Hence, as the 2010 constitution dictates, he is not mandated to defend his seat in the incoming August 8th polls.
In order for him to remain politically relevant, a number of options await him and he ought to play his cards carefully.
Khaemba was elected via a Ford Kenya ticket but has since dumped Ford Kenya for DAP-K.
The Democratic Action Party of Kenya DAP-K is affiliated to the Azimio la Umoja coalition and was co-founded by Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa and Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi.
Thus, governor Khaemba is lobbying for a Raila Odinga presidency.
Before he joined politics in 2013, Khaemba was serving as the head of the African Development Bank in Uganda.
Prior to that he was the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Livestock and development in the Kibaki administration.
He had also worked with the United Nations before and that wealth of experience is much capable of landing him a job in the next government only if his hit man assumes presidency.
The much visible option for governor Khaemba therefore would be lobbying for a government position in the next regime.
He can as well vie for a lower elective seat although he is yet to mention it.
Besides, the governor has openly advocated for DAP-K’s George Natembeya bid to take over the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial position in the August elections.
By so doing, the governor hopes that his favorite choice replaces him in order for him to have an intact rapport with the next Trans Nzoia county government.
Trans Nzoia county constitutes of five constituencies (Entebess, Cherang’any, Kiminini, Kwanza & Saboti) and 25 wards.
So, governor Khaemba may not be so vocal on political podiums but definitely he is solving a number of political matrices behind the scenes.
He wouldn’t want to politically fade at the expiry of his second term.
Just like many other second term governors, he must ensure that his name is somewhere substantial after August.
The soft spoken governor has had a successful two term reign despite graft allegations that saw him appear before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts once.
He is determined to strengthen his political outfit particularly his relationship with CS Wamalwa and president Uhuru and ODM chief Raila Odinga.
Thus, an Azimio victory will be an added advantage to Patrick Khaemba’s political limelight.
As the adage goes, only time will tell if governor Khaemba will still remain in the active political arena at the end of his second term.