THIRD TIME LUCKY?

Speaker Ndotto to defend seat as 12 seek to replace him

He has been the Kitui assembly speaker for two terms since 2013

In Summary

•Among those seeking to dislodge Ndotto are former assembly majority leader Peter Kilonzo and budget committee chairman Boniface Kilaa Kasina.

•Ndotto banks on his extensive experience and competence to reclaim the speaker's position.

Kitui county assembly speaker George Ndoto signs a document in the presence of the assembly clerk Elijah Mutambuki.
POSITION: Kitui county assembly speaker George Ndoto signs a document in the presence of the assembly clerk Elijah Mutambuki.
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Kitui speaker George Ndotto has said he will defend his seat, even as a dozen personalities line up to dislodge him.

Ndotto has been the Kitui assembly speaker since 2013. He said on Monday his extensive experience as speaker for two consecutive terms puts him ahead of his competitors in terms of experience and competence.

The speaker said he had smoothly and with great success steered the assembly without any hitch for 10 years, and thus his performance was beyond reproach.

Ndotto said it was upon the newly elected MCAs to allow him to continue as speaker.

He, however, said the ultimate determiner of who becomes the next  assembly speaker rests in the hands of the MCAs.

At least 12 people have declared their interest to replace Ndotto once the election for the assembly speaker is called.

Majority of them feel Ndotto has served his time, and should thus give room for fresh blood.

Kitui county assembly immediate former majority leader Peter Kilonzo He is seeking to dislodge George Ndotto as speaker.
INTERESTED: Kitui county assembly immediate former majority leader Peter Kilonzo He is seeking to dislodge George Ndotto as speaker.
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Out to dislodge Ndotto include immediate former Kitui assembly leader Peter Kilonzo and immediate former Budget committee chairman Boniface Kilaa Kasina, who respectively represented Athi and Tseikuru wards.

Other are lawyers Kevin Kinengo, B M Musyoki and Samson Masila, who is also the outgoing Kitui Lands executive. Former Kisasi MCA Kasee Musya, who between 2017 and 2021 served as Ndotto’s deputy speaker, has also thrown his hat into the ring.

Other names floated for the speaker position are former UN employee Paul Kitungu, former Kitui value chain and value addition specialist Temi Mutia, businessman Augustus Kyalo Muli, Benson Mutemi and Veronicah Makato.

Ndotto said the new MCAs should pick an experienced hand since Governor-elect Julius Malombe requires an assembly which is supportive of development agenda. 

“Our county is in very bad state in terms of development. I am the best suited to be at the helm of the assembly so that together with Malombe, we can reclaim the fortunes of our county,” he said, even as he exuded confidence he would recapture the seat.

 

(edited by Amol Awuor)

Kitui county assembly immediate former budget committee chairman Bonface Kilaa Kasina. He is seeking to dislodge George Ndotto as speaker.
INTERESTED: Kitui county assembly immediate former budget committee chairman Bonface Kilaa Kasina. He is seeking to dislodge George Ndotto as speaker.
Image: MUSEMBI NZENGU
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