Benson Mutura elected new Nairobi County Assembly Speaker

Written By: Muraya Kamunde
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Former Makadara Member of Parliament Benson Mutura is the new Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly.

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Benson Mutura garnered 99 out of the 123 votes cast by house members in the Friday election that was precipitated by Tuesday’s resignation of Beatrice Elachi as the speaker.

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The election was conducted via zoom due to measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Mutura was among seven candidates who included Alex Magelo, Abdi Ali Abdi, Odingo Odhiambo Washington, Mike Obonyo Guoro, Allan Chacha Mang’era and Kennedy Okeyo Ng’ondi.

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Mutura’s candidature for the speaker position was backed by both the ruling Jubilee Party and the Orange Democratic Movement in line with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

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On Thursday, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju would support Mutura’s candidacy after consultations with Nairobi MCAs elected on the Jubilee Party ticket and the party’s leadership.

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Tuju made the announcement at the Jubilee Headquarters in Pangani, after holding a consultative meeting with all the 66 Nairobi MCAs drawn from the party.

 

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