In a staff memo, Mr Igathe revealed he had spoken to Christian Chammas, group CEO of Vivo Energy about his political ambitions.

“Christian has given me his full support and I am excited about the opportunity to move into a political career,” he told employees.

Some of Mr Igathe’s roles will be undertaken by David Mureithi, executive vice president at Vivo, according to the leaked memo. Vivo Energy has 180 outlets in Kenya.

“Naturally I will need to spend some time campaigning over the next three months. David Mureithi has agreed to provide additional support to Vivo Energy Kenya, as required.”

Billionaire businessman Bundotich Kiprop, who is contesting to be Uasin Gishu governor as an independent, is still serving as group executive director at his logistics company Buzeki.

Patrick Wainaina continues serving as CEO of Jungle Nuts, a macadamia nuts processor in Thika, despite running to be Thika Town MP.

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