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Kalonzo, Wetangula to battle for National Assembly Speaker’s seat

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka will be facing Ford Kenya’s Moses Wentangula for  the National Assembly Speaker’s post.

The two picked the nomination papers after acting National Assembly Clerk Serah Kioko announced a vacancy for the office of the speaker and his deputy.

This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a gazette notice slating the first sitting of the Senate and National Assembly for Thursday September 8.

“Persons interested in the two positions have until Wednesday 7th September at 12.30 pm to collect nomination papers and to return the completed nominations forms on the same day between 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm” read the statement by parliament of Kenya in part.

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Kalonzo who initially was to hold the chief minister position in the Azimio coalition agreement has now shifted and applied for the Speakers position.

This means he likely to get support from Azimio allied MP’s as he faces off Wetangula who will represent the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

Azimio won 180 MP’s seats as Kenya Kwanza scooped 163 MP’s.

However, since his election as President William Ruto has been wooing the winners from Azimio as well as those who won as independent candidates to his side.

This has seen Ugenya MP-elect David Ochieng,Nambale MP-elect Geoffrey Ekesa Mulanya, Njoroge Kururia MP-elect Gatundu North and Nebart Muriuki, MP-elect Mbeere South.

North Imenti MP-elect Abdul Rahim Dawoodalo moved to Kenya Kwanza.

Other candidates who applied for the seat includes ,the former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim,Noah Winja,Jared Oluoch Oundo,Isaac Alouch Polo and Robert Gichimu Githinji.

Farah Maalim served as a national assembly deputy speaker between 2008 and 2013 respectively.

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