Professor Margaret Kamar was Tuesday sworn in as the Deputy Speaker of the Senate after five other contestants withdrew from the race.
Kamar will succeed Tharaka Nithi Senator Professor Kithure Kindiki who was removed from office last week Friday 22nd as the Jubilee party made good its threat to discipline errant party members.
She becomes the first elected female Deputy Speaker in the history of the Senate.
She was sworn in, in the presence of the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata.
The Uasin Gishu Senator was unopposed for the seat after five senators stepped down.
The five who had expressed interest but stepped down were, Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura, Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo, Nominated Senator Judith Pareno, Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru and Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga had expressed interest in the seat but they all withdrew.
Kindiki’s removal followed that of Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as Majority Leader and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika as Majority Whip.
On Monday, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata endorsed Kamar for the Senate Deputy Speaker’s position.
In a tweet, Kang’ata wrote, “those inquiring about tomorrow’s Senate Deputy Speaker’s election. All contestants are very capable and qualified. However, Jubilee supports women empowerment. I endorse Prof Margaret Kamar.”