Kalonzo to face off with Wetangula for National Assembly Speaker post after picking nomination papers ahead of first sitting.
The leader of the Wiper Party, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya are two legislators who have expressed interest in heading the 13th national assembly as speaker.
Following the gazettement of the first session by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, September 5, Kalonzo and Wetangula picked their nomination papers ahead of first sitting.
“That at the First sitting of the House, the Members-Elect shall be sworn-in in accordance with the requirements of Article 74 of the constitution and immediately thereafter the House shall proceed to elect a speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution,” the notice dated Monday, September 5 signed by Serah Kioko, clerk of the national assembly read.
The newly elected lawmakers will be sworn in during the first session on Thursday, September 8, and will then promptly elect a speaker and deputy speaker.
Azimio la Umoja endorsed Kalonzo for speaker, whereas the Kenya Kwanza coalition is in support of Wetangula.
The majority of members in the National Assembly will decide the speaker, with both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza factions lobbying their sides to clinch the post.
In the senate, Azimio has fronted former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, while Kenya Kwanza proposed outgoing Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi for the position.
Azimio had earlier fronted Kenneth Marende for national assemblly speaker post.
The senate will also hold its first sitting on Thursday, 8th and the senators-elect will elect a speaker and a deputy speaker and later be sworn in.