NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – Former Speakers Francis ole Kaparo, Kenneth Marende, Farah Maalim and ex-MP Ekwe Ethuro are among the front runners who have been cleared to contest for the Speaker’s seat in the Senate and National Assembly.
The Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye says he had only received 10 nomination papers for election to the Office of Speaker of the Senate at the close of the nomination period.
Kaparo, Maalim, Ethuro are joined on the Senate Speakers race by Josphat Opano Orangi, Reverend Jane Mwihaki Githaiga, Samuel Poghisio, Erick Desailly Omondi and Hassan Grieve Mungai Waiyaki who also beat the Tuesday 9am deadline to submit their papers.
Jubilee Alliance’s Kembi-Gitura (Murang’a Senator-elect), Kajiado Senator-elect Peter Korinko Mositet will face off with Cord’s Migori Senator-elect Wilfred Machage and Amani Coalition’s Vihiga Senator-elect George Khaniri.
Nominated UDF Senator Martha Wangari and Linet Nyakeriga were disqualified after they failed to return their nomination papers.
In the race for the National Assembly Speaker, former Siakago MP Justin Muturi’s candidature got a boost after his would-be-rival in the Jubilee Alliance Mohamed Abdikadir failed to return nomination papers to the Clerk of National Assembly.
The Jubilee coalition was plotting to ensure they only field one candidate for the various seats in Thursday’s election.
The move has strengthened the candidature of Muturi who now faces incumbent Kenneth Marende, former Wajir South MP Mohamud Sirat and Harrison Wangoro Mwangi.
Harrison Wangoro Mwangi had unsuccessfully tried his luck in being the Dandora Area II Ward County Ward Representative on Alliance Party of Kenya ticket.
Abdikadir Omar Aden, 41, is the Balambala MP-elect. Before joining the world of politics had served as the Country Manager of BAT in Eritrea. He has worked at Standard Chartered Bank.
The three are the only ones who have been cleared to contest in Thursday’s election as 11 others failed to meet the qualifications.
A schedule released by Clerk of the National Assembly Justus Bundi also clears Sotik MP-elect Joyce Laboso as the Jubilee Deputy Speaker candidate to face Cord’s Makueni-elect MP Dan Maanzo and Aden.