The election of the speaker seat for the 13th Parliament and the Senate, on the 8th of September, has been met by very controversial sentiments. On Wednesday 7th, the President-elect William Samoei Ruto alleged that the Kenya Kwanza political rivals are desperate to have both speaker positions. He said this in a Kenya Kwanza meeting held in his Karen residence, in a bid to solidify the Kenya Kwanza base.
What William Ruto said in his Karen residence
In his speech, William Ruto stated that their rivals will do almost anything to attain power in the senate and the parliament.
Ruto proceeded to advice the members of his camp to be wary and extra vigilant as their enemies may be planning to sabotage their plans and frustrate his presidential victory that was declared by Wafula Chebukati on the 15th of August 2022.
“We are competing with a very desperate team. I just want to let you know as a Members of Parliament. We have a good margin of about 11 members of the national assembly, we have other members who are not sitting here but they will vote for us, maybe possibly another 15 or so,” said Ruto.
According to William Ruto, Kenya Kwanza has 11 more members of parliament as compared to Azimio la Umoja and therefore their win should be attained easily.
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“People who can use the National Security Advisory Committee to try and overturn the will of the people can do worse. They are very desperate to have the speaker of either house. So, I want to ask you for today and tomorrow, please be careful. They could even possibly arrest some of you just to reduce our numbers…We are dealing with a very desperate lot.
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This comes moments after Moses Wetangula, the Bungoma Senator-elect, resigned from his electoral post. Kenya Kwanza will be endorsing him as the speaker of the National Assembly, and Amazon Kingi for the Senate speaker seat with Meru Senator-elect Kathure Murungi nominated as his deputy.
“The documents I have presented to the clerk include my resignation as a Senator. Which resignation I did a day after the gazettement of my election,” Wetangula said.
The Azimio nominated team
On the other hand, Azimio fronted Kalonzo Musyoka for the senate speaker seat and Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo as his nominated deputy.
On 8th September, the members of the two houses will convene their first sittings where they will take their oath of office and elect their respective speaker afterwards.