By Adieri Mulaa
The ruling Jubilee Party has endorsed former Makadara MP Benson Mutura for the position of Speaker of Nairobi City County Assembly in elections scheduled for tomorrow.
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju made the announcement to the media Thursday 13th August, 2020, at the party headquarters, following a closed door meeting with the party MCAs in Nairobi county.
The election has been occasioned by the resignation of Speaker Beatrice Elachi last Tuesday. The County Assembly has shortlisted seven candidates to run for the position of Speaker. They include Mr Mutura, former Speaker Alex Sanaika Ole Magelo and former deputy speaker Kennedy Okeyo Ng’ondi.
Others are former Gatina Ward MCA Mike Obonyo Guoro, a Chief Officer in the county executive, Dr Washington Odhiambo Odingo, Mr Abdi Ali Abdi and Mr Allan Chacha Mang’era.
The party has also affirmed it’s nomination of Matopeni/Spring Valley MCA Abdi Hassan Guyo to take over as the Leader of Majority.
Guyo will replace Mr Charles Thuo. He will be deputised by Dandora Area One Ward MCA, Peter Wanyoike.
Mihang’o MCA Paul Kados will assume the office of Majority Chief Whip, replacing Nominated Jubilee Member June Ndegwa.
Nairobi South Ward MCA Waithera Chege with deputise Mr Kados.
The names of Jubilee Party leadership in the House are expected to be presented to the House tomorrow by the acting deputy Speaker, Mr John Kamangu, during the Special Sitting.
Mr Tuju said the party nominee for the speaker’s position and the leadership changes were arrived at by consensus to allow a smooth transition at the Assembly.
“These changes have been agreed by consensus to enable the Jubilee Party support the the developments being carried out by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services”, he said.
While fielding a question from the Media, Mr Tuju hinted that the position of deputy speaker would also be reviewed after a new Speaker is elected.
But speaking to the Press on the sidelines of the meeting, Roysambu MCA Peter Warutere was categorical that the House would also elect a new deputy speaker Tuesday next week.
“The deputy speaker has served as for three years. We will now elect a new deputy speaker on Tuesday”, he said.
After the meeting, the MCAs left in haste, apparently headed to an extended meeting ahead of tomorrow’s event.