Former Speaker cautions MCAs on election of a new speaker

Outgoing Nyamira County speaker Joash Nyamoko has urged elected members of the County Assembly (MCAs) not to be compromised into electing the speaker to the county assembly.

Mr. Nyamoko who is the MP-elect for North Mugirango constituency, urged the newly elected MCAs to do thorough vetting before electing a new speaker saying whoever is elected should be seen to have the interests of the electorates at heart.

The speaker’s position is key to the county’s progress and you should do thorough vetting to ensure that the person who takes over understands the roles of articulating issues related to governance and development, he said.

Nyamoko was speaking during a press briefing involving area leaders in Nyamira town.

He noted that many of the aspirants to the position had started to lobby by enticing the house members with cash to seek favours from them during the election which is likely to take place once they take oath of office.

I understand that most of the aspirants are now going round enticing you with money so that you may elect them as the speaker, I know most of you spent a lot of resources in the campaigns but that should not lead you to mislead the electorate by selecting an unfit person to serve you as the speaker, he added.

Among those who have already shown interest to vie for the county assembly speaker include the immediate former Senator and Gubernatorial candidate in the concluded election Mong’are Okong’o (a lawyer), former Nyansiongo ward MCA Jackson Mogusu, City Lawyers Stephen Mogaka and James Mamboleo, both of whom unsuccessfully vied for West Mugirango parliamentary seat losing to Mombasa based lawyer Vincent Kemosi Mogaka.

The out-going speaker vied for the North Mugirango MP seat where he beat the incumbent Charles Geni to emerge the winner with over 12, 000 votes who came a distant fourth.

Source: Kenya News Agency