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Lobbying for county speaker intensifies

22 March 2013, 13:46 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

An announcement by Bungoma County Governor elect Kenneth Lusaka that he has no preferred candidate for the county assembly speakers’ position has diffused what was widely expected to be a start of supremacy battles pitting him against the Senator elect Moses Wetangula.

Addressing a meeting attended by the 45 recently elected county ward representatives at Webuye Guest House on Wednesday, Lusaka told the civic leaders that he was not endorsing anyone for the county assembly speaker’s seat.

“He gave us a free hand to choose whoever among the candidates we know is capable and competent, and he promised to take a neutral stand,” Cheptais ward county representative elect Jane Kamwanja who attended the meeting, told the media.

Political underground dealings in the county have been on top gear recently with major political bigwigs from the CORD and Amani coalition trying to outsmart each other in the election for the speaker.

The two coalitions have almost the same number of county representatives each.

Lusaka of the New Ford-Kenya party ticket, which is an affiliate of the Amani coalition, was earlier reported to be lobbying for the chairman of the Law Society of Kenya ( LSK) Bungoma Chapter Chairman John Makali. 

Moses Wetangula, who is one of the CORD principals is said to have thrown his weight behind a Kisumu based lawyer Henry Wasilwa Makhakara.

Makhakara unsuccessfully contested for the Bumula parliamentary seat in 1997.

The two lawyers are considered to be front runners.

Other advocates have declared their interest in the seat include Wanyama Wanyonyi, Emanuel Situma, Wafula Nyongesa  Kiraido Majune, Wafula Sichangi and Caro Khasoa.

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