11 February 2014

Kenya: Two New MPs Expected to Be Sworn in Today

TWO new MPs from Kisii county will be sworn in when Parliament resumes today.

The 11th Parliament will resume for the second session. President Uhuru is expected to preside over today's opening and make a policy statement.

The Two MPs, Richard Tong'i (Nyaribari Chache) and Joel Onyancha (Bomachoge Borabu) won the seats in by-elections last December.

Speaking yesterday, Tong'i said he is not sure of the day he will be sworn.

"I'm not sure of the date but it should be this week," he said on the phone.

Last week, when Senate resumed, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula, who was re-elected in December, was sworn in on the first day.

During the by-election, Tong'i, who contested on a Ford People ticket, beat favourite candidates former MPs Chris Bichage of ODM and Robert Monda of TNA. Onyancha regained his seat on a TNA ticket after flooring six candidates among them ODM's Peter Kimori and Ford People's Albert Nyaundi, who successfully petitioned against his election.

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