Moses Wetangula Elected as Speaker of The National Assembly
Moses Wetangula Elected as Speaker of The National Assembly.
Moses Wetangula, Ford Kenya party leader has emerged victorious in the elections of the speaker of the National Assembly. Wetangula of Kenya Kwanza has defeated Kenneth Marende who was vying under the Azimio coalition party. Papa Wa Roma(Wetangula) was endorsed by Kenya Kwanza members including President-elect William Ruto and outgoing speaker Justin Muturi.
“I am too familiar with him. Our interaction dates back many years…We were appointed to serve in the judiciary on the same day. Wetangula was posted to Nakuru and I went to Bungoma…I have gotten to know his family. I found myself in familiar hands when I was posted in his area.” Muturi said.
In the first round of voting, Wetangula received 215 votes while Marende garnered 130, making him the winner. Since none of the candidates had received the necessary two-thirds of the vote, the vote was scheduled to proceed to the second round. However, Marende withdrew from the race, making Wetangula the winner.
After taking the oath of office on the House floor, Wetangula was sworn in right away, with the outgoing Speaker Muturi thanking him and passing over the gavel.
The vote was held following controversy during the opening hours of the National Assembly session, when some Members of parliament from the Azimio coalition rejected Wetangula’s candidacy, claiming he was ineligible to contest for the position of Speaker.