Battle for Nyamira speaker intensifies after 17 show interest

As candidates express interest, the race for the next speaker of county assembly of Nyamira has heated up.








Interested parties have already begun meeting with newly elected ward representatives to lobby for the coveted positions.











Despite the fact that the election of a speaker to the county assembly is supposed to be an independent decision of the ward representatives, external influence has been at work in the past.








Governor, Senator, representatives, and even the noble Business men have been front line in influencing the election of county assembly speakers in some In Nyamira with ward representatives being whipped through their respective political parties, clan patterns, deep pockets and enticing tours to mombasa and zanzibar.











According to Nyamira County Assembly Clerk , they have yet to declare the position vacant and will do so after the next governor is sworn in, as required by law.





“Once the new governor takes office and notifies the Assembly of the first meeting,” the clerk said, “we will advertise for the job and have it as the first agenda item.”





A majority of the governors-elect are set to be sworn in next week, with Nyamira Governor Elect Hon. Amos Nyaribo holding ceremony on 29th of this month.





The Former Speaker Hon.Moffat Teya is on the run to defend it despite the fact that his relationship with the former Executive authority was not a juicy one.





Mr. Eric Onchana, Former County Secretary from Kiabonyoru ward in Borabu Constituency and one of highly regarded campaign powerhouse for the Governor elected is also running.


Mr. Oboso, Former Minister in nyamira county and unsuccessfully deputy governor for Mr. Nyambati in 2017 General Elections from Bosamaro ward in West mugirango is also said to be  interested.



Mr. John Matiang’i, Former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) National Treasurer for 13 years and currently the deputy director of education in the ministry of education is said to be eying the 3rd powerful seat in the county.



Mr. Segera Festus, The Teachers comrade and Incoming KUPPET Vice Chairman after the recent conclude Kuppet By-elections is said to be in the ring, stretching his wings into the tussle of being  the next speaker. Mr. Segera hails from larger North Mugirango but he has been resident of Borabu for years now.


Mrs.Kerich Keraita, Former Roads chief Officer among other departments in the last regime, From Kitutu masaba is the only Iron lady so far who is equally ready to flex muscles with men in this position.Ms Kerich is known widely of her accommodative nature and not easy to judge or take sides on partinent issues.




Mr. Salim, Mr.Masira among others are yet to be reached by our media team for a word. With portions  of new County reps, the indications are clear that long await speaker will be likely to come from the top six.



At least seven people in Nyamira  County have expressed interest in becoming county speaker.



The clerk concluded that they’re waiting for for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to gazette the names of nominated MCAs and the governor-elect to be sworn in, on 29th.



“We are still waiting for the IEBC to publish the list of selected nominated MCAs before the governor-elect is sworn in,” the Clerk said.




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