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Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 15:12 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The second county assembly of Nakuru County held its first sitting on Wednesday with members of the county assembly taking their oath of office and thereafter electing the assembly speaker.
The first session of the second assembly was called to order at 9am in the morning with the county assembly clerk Joseph Malinda presiding over the session.
The 78 members of the assembly who took their oath of office include 55 elected and 23 nominated ones. Jubilee party enjoys the majority in the county assembly with 50 elected MCA’s and 21 nominated ones while ODM has three elected members with two nominated ones.
Eng Joel Maina Kairu was elected the second speaker of Nakuru county assembly after garnering 62 votes against his closest challenger Nelson Gaichuhie who is immediate former Subukia Member of Parliament who garnered 14 votes during the first round of voting.
In his first address after being sworn in Eng Kairu who served as the county executive member in charge of roads in the first Nakuru county government, promised to ensure that all members of the county assembly are facilitated to execute their roles of oversight, legislation and representation as stipulated in the constitution.
He also promised to steer the assembly into ensuring that it performs its roles by closing working with the executive arm of the county government adding that the county assembly in executing its duties should not be viewed as witch handing the executive arm.
The election of Eng Kairu as the county speaker was seen as a protest vote by jubilee MCA’s against their party after the party appeared favoring the former Subukia Member of Parliament who the MCA’s were against.
On Tuesday jubilee party leaders are believed to have met the MCA’s where, they ordered them to vote for the party’s candidate as speaker. Sources indicate that a senior jubilee leader had bribed the MCA’s with Kshs 50,000 each as a way of influencing their decision but the MCA’s who took the money instead decide to vote for a candidate of their choice who apparently was the highest bidder.
It is reported that the night before their swearing in the Nakuru MCA’s were booked at a Nakuru hotel by powerful and influential power and political brokers who convinced them into voting for Eng Kairu as the county assembly speaker.
Reliable sources said that individual MCA’s were given Kshs 200,000 each to vote for Eng Kairu after county assembly clerk Joseph Malinda who was the top contender for the seat was forced out of the race by a senior jubilee leader.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County