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Deputy Speaker resigns as election fever rocks Bomet Assembly

Mrs Korir’s resignation barely a day after Rongena MCA John Molel filed a motion to remove her with Speaker Geoffrey Kipngetich.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 18 Aug 2016 16:44 EAT

A top woman leader at the Bomet County Assembly has been forced to resign her position after some of her colleagues threatened to remove her from  office.

Mrs Joyce Korir, the Deputy Speaker, recently declared her interest for the county women representative position in the 2017 elections, sparking a backlash from colleagues who felt slighted by her ambition.

The stakes are high for the position, currently held by Cecilia Ngetich, owing to national political calculations in Deputy President William Ruto’s party and local dynamics following the expected defection of Governor Isaac Ruto, who has fallen out with the DP.

Mrs Korir’s resignation barely a day after Rongena MCA John Molel filed a motion to remove her with Speaker Geoffrey Kipngetich.

“I wish to tender my resignation from the office of the deputy speaker. I sincerely thank the county assembly for allowing me to render my services for the period of four years,” Mrs Korir said in her resignation letter addressed to the Speaker.

She, however, told journalists that the motion against her was inextricably linked to her recent declaration to vie for the women representative position in next year’s elections. “I read politics and mischief in my removal, but I am ready for the battle ahead and I will not be shaken at all. This only gives me the time I need to prepare for the bigger seat,” she said.

Soon after Mrs Korir’s resignation, the Speaker asked those interested in the position to forward their credentials to his office in readiness for the election of new Deputy Speaker.

MCA Molel’s motion seeking to impeach the former deputy speaker accused her of violating the Constitution, abuse of office and incompetence.

“The Deputy Speaker has continued to irregularly purport to overturn the decisions and well-reasoned rulings delivered by the Speaker and other members of the Speakers’ Panel in complete disregard of the established parliamentary traditions, customs and tenets of the constitution,” Molel said in his motion.

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