Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commissioner general John Njiraini has withdrawn his candidature for the National Lands Commission chairman job.
Njiraini was among the 11 candidates shortlisted to succeed former chairman Mohamed Swazuri, ho retired in February after a scandalous reign.
Njiraini could have decided to pull out after Kenyans ridiculed him, terming his move to go for the seat as motivated by greed. He retired from KRA in June this year.
In a letter dated August 6, Njiraini said that he was pursuing personal interests.
“I wish to communicate my decision to withdraw as candidate for the position of Chairperson of the National Land Commission in order to pursue other interests. I wish to thank you and other panel members for having granted me the opportunity to present my ideas on how this important national institution can be transformed through the injection of a fresh leadership dynamic,” wrote Njiraini.
Mwenda Makatimo, former legislators Humphrey Njuguna (Gatanga), Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town) and Tiyah Galgalo Ali (Isiolo Woman Representative) have now been left to battle it out for the hot seat.
Others include Gerishom Otachi, Hussein Farah, Naomi Wagereka, Paul Wambua, Patrick Adolwa, Robert Kilimo and Mwenda Kiambi.