16 August 2017

Kenya: Nairobi County Speaker's Post Attracts 9 As Lobbying Intensifies

Nairobi — There is intense lobbying at the Nairobi County government for seat of Speaker of the County Assembly ahead of the gazettement of elected Ward Representatives by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Nine contestants are already lined up, including incumbent Alex Magelo, even as it seems Jubilee members will have an easier ride, with the party holding majority seats in the House.

The Speaker is the head of the Legislative Arm of the County Government and presides over its sittings.

Former Makadara MP Bernard Mutura, who was defeated by former city Mayor George Aladwa with 45,516 against 41,125 votes, will also be seeking the seat.

Former Nairobi Women's Representative Rachel Shebesh and Karen Nyamu also expressed interest but Jubilee Ward Reps meeting in Ngara reportedly rejected them.

Others in the race are deputy Speaker Ken Ngondi, County Public Service Board Vice Chairperson Vesca Kangongo, outgoing Karura MCA Kamau Thuo, Mohammed Abdi who is nominated and businessman Abbas Khalif.

Magelo was elected in 2013, when the then CORD had a majority in the Assembly - 43 against The National Alliance's (TNA) 42.

He trounced Mutunga Mutungi by one vote after three rounds of voting.

The Speaker joined Jubilee but lost the party ticket for Kajiado West parliamentary seat during the 2017 primaries.

In the just-concluded polls, Jubilee has secured 45 seats against 39 of the National Super Alliance's (NASA).

Magelo is banking on his track record in seeking re-election and on one occasion, he allowed Governor-elect Mike Sonko, then Senator, to address the Assembly over mismanagement by outgoing Governor Evans Kidero.

Kenya

Uhuru Kenyatta Plans for the Economy Ahead of Swearing-in

President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking ways of revamping the economy ahead of his swearing-in on next Tuesday. Read more »

Copyright © 2017 Capital FM. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.