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Igathe’s running mate Kaloki among favourites in Makueni County Assembly Speaker’s race

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 11:47 | By
Prof Philip Kaloki in Kangemi during a campaign rally for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. PHOTO/Kenna Claude

Five candidates have been cleared to vie for the election of the Makueni County Assembly Speaker position.

Among the cleared candidates is Stephen Mutunga Ngelu who was the first Makueni County Assembly Speaker between the year 2013-2017 and Douglas Mbilu who was the second speaker in Makueni between the years 2017-2022.

Professor Philip Kaloki who was vying for the Nairobi deputy governor position in the August 9th polls is also among the cleared candidates with Dennis Mung'ata as Muema Ndungi.

However, among those who were interested in the speaker position and picked the nomination papers were eight.

Jinaani Nzioka Mbiuva returned the nomination papers but was not cleared, because he didn't meet the requirements set for the person to fit in the position.

Former Ukia Member of county assembly Japheth Katumo and Activist Mutunga Mutuku didn't return their nomination papers.

The election of the speaker is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 21st September 2022 when the county assembly will hold its first sitting.

Meanwhile, the Wiper Democratic party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has distanced himself from the elections of the speaker positions in all county assemblies.

Speaking in Nairobi after a meeting with all Wiper nominated MCAs, Kalonzo said the choice of county assembly speakers rests with the MCAs.

"I have no preferred candidate for any of the assemblies let the nominated and elected mca's choose their leader who can help them deliver, " Kalonzo said

Speaking on behalf of the other ward representatives, Makueni nominated MCA Sarah Mulwa said that they have received blessings from their party leader to choose whoever they feel can lead them well.

"Let all interested individuals in the county assemblies talk to the MCAs without using Kalonzo's name to win the speaker job," Sarah said

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