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Former Swaziland prosecutor in speaker race

22 March 2013, 17:42 Wangui Joseph

The former Senior Prosecutor in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Paul Lincoln Kamuya Ng’arua is one of the contenders for Nyeri County assembly speaker’s seat.

The seat has also attracted five lawyers who are all wooing support from the 30 elected County Representatives, majority of whom were elected under the TNA party.

The assembly will also include other 14 nominated members; 10 women, two from youth group and two from the marginalized people in the County.

Conversely, Kamuya was in the gubernatorial race but secured a distant third after losing to Wahome Gakuru and Wachira Keen during the TNA party primaries on January 17.

Both Wachira and Kamuya later threw their weighty support to Gakuru who was later floored in March 4 general elections by the GNU candidate Nderitu Gachagua.

Kamuya was also the senior attorney for the United Nations and a Director of Public Prosecutions in Swaziland for ten years prior to his resignation early last year.

During his tenure in Swaziland, he was one of the senior most and dignified lawyers in the country.

In an early interview during campaigns, Kamuya had vowed to bring total change in Nyeri County if elected the first Governor.

He had promised to apply his experience and knowledge that he had garnered from foreign countries to better the region, though his ambitions hit a snag.

Citing examples, he recalled that in Swaziland, he totally transformed the criminal justice system by initiating the rule of law in the monarchial country.

“I helped reduce crime and burglaries to 50% within very short time,” he recollected.

However, Kamuya’s bid to become the first speaker in the County assembly is between a rock and a hard place, considering that he is just a debut in the political field.

Some underground reports have it that, the former prosecutor is perceived as the most favorable, fit and preferred by majority of the assembly members to take the seat.

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