In Summary
  • Vivo Energy Kenya had earlier stated that Polycarp Igathe would stay at the company’s corner office until the August 8 General Election.
  • There are no regulations that compel private sector workers to quit their jobs to join politics.

Polycarp Igathe has quit his position as CEO of Vivo Energy Kenya, operator of Shell outlets, after being named as running mate for Nairobi governor seat aspirant Mike Sonko.

The announcement Wednesday by Mr Igathe appeared to have been an abrupt change of mind after the company had stated that he would stay at the company’s corner office until the August 8 General Election.

“I have taken a leap of faith; I have left a job in the private sector to come into the political arena because I represent all small, medium and big business interests who clearly know this city is 60 per cent of the GDP of our country. It can no longer be left in the hands of people who have no clue,” said Mr Igathe at the Jubilee party headquarters in Nairobi.

There are no regulations that compel private sector workers to quit their jobs to join politics.

Industrial Court judge Njagi Marete in February suspended a law that requires public officers to quit office six months to a General Election, saying they should only leave after party primaries.

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