•The 40 MCAs from UDA met at a city hotel where they pledged to vote for Wahinya for the powerful position after they are sworn in.
•Wahinya is facing his Mlango Kubwa ward colleague Susan Makungu for the position.
A group of Members of County Assembly (MCAs) Saturday endorsed their Pangani colleague Peter Wahinya to the Nairobi County Assembly Service Board after a marathon meeting.
The 40 MCAs from UDA met at a city hotel where they pledged to vote for Wahinya for the powerful position after they are sworn in.
Wahinya is facing his Mlango Kubwa ward colleague Susan Makungu for the position.
He said after the meeting he has confidence of being elected to the seat and pledged to fight for the rights of the members of the assembly at large.
“I will champion for the welfare of the assembly to improve their conditions at large,” he said.
Wahinya is serving as an MCA for the third time.
There has been lobbying for various positions in the assembly ahead of the inaugural swearing event.
The Nairobi County Assembly Service Board comprises of the Speaker, two members nominated by the major coalitions, the Clerk and two Members representing the public.
The Speaker who is an ex-official member is the head of the County Legislature and is expected to conduct all sittings of the County Assembly.
The board is supposed to establish and abolish offices in the County Public service and appoint persons to hold or act in offices of the County Public service including in the boards of cities and urban areas within the County and to confirm appointments.
The City MCAs will have their first sitting on Thursday, September 29 after a long delay.
During the session that will begin at 9am, the MCAs will be sworn in after which they will elect the speaker and the deputy speaker of the county assembly.
A gazette notice f instructed any member interested in vying for the position to pick their nomination papers from the clerk.
Azimio has already fronted former Nairobi County Assembly Deputy Speaker Ken Ngondi for the position while Kenya Kwanza has fronted immediate former speaker Benson Mutura.
Azimio has a slight majority in the assembly comprising of 67 MCAs while Kenya Kwanza has 53 MCAs.
Three of the MCAs are independents.
There has been intense lobbying going on in the assembly in a bid to get the numbers that would help either team win the powerful speaker’s post.