Ex-Tetu MP James Mwangi elected Nyeri speaker

Gichuhi won with 40 votes in the first round of voting where all the 42 MCAs voted.

In Summary

• Former nominated MCA Patrick Mutahi got two votes while Karima ward MCA hopeful Evans Irungu got zero.

• Gichuhi thanked the MCAs for voting for him and called on MCAs and the executive to work in unity as they start their journey of duty.

New Nyeri county assembly speaker Gichuhi Mwangi.
New Nyeri county assembly speaker Gichuhi Mwangi.
Image: EUTYCAS MUCHIRI

Former Tetu MP James Gichuhi Mwangi was on Wednesday elected speaker of the Nyeri County Assembly.

Gichuhi won with 40 votes in the first round of voting where all the 42 MCAs voted.

Former nominated MCA Patrick Mutahi got two votes while Karima ward MCA hopeful Evans Irungu got zero.

Gichuhi was declared the speaker-elect by the assembly clerk, Jenard Mwiggeh.

Ruring'u MCA Samuel Kariuki retained his seat as deputy speaker unopposed. 

The voting happened after the swearing-in of all the the 30 elected and 12 nominated MCAs.

Gichuhi thanked the MCAs for voting for him and called on MCAs and executive to work in unity as they start their tour of duty.

His election was seen as a fulfillment of a pre-election pact where UDA party had pledged to ensure that at least every constituency had a county seat representative to help deliver victory in each of those constituencies.

Governor Mutahi Kahiga went on record and confirmed that the existence of the pact.

The pact saw Kahiga, from Kieni, defend his seat as Nyeri governor, Rahab Mukami from Othaya retained the woman representative seat, Mukurwe-ini produced running mate David Kinaniri while Wahome Wamatinga from Mathira became the senator.

“Wamatinga was campaigning for the governor’s position but after a consensus, we agreed that he vies for the Senate seat so he can deliver the Mathira votes,” Kahiga said.

Nyeri town constituency will now get several CEC seats under the pact.

Mwangi, a lawyer by profession, was prevailed upon by UDA top leadership not to challenge Geoffrey Wandeto who had beaten him during UDA primaries for Tetu constituency MP seat.

He had protested that the exercise was marred by irregularities and vowed to defend the seat as an Independent candidate.

However, the party leadership led by then Deputy President William Ruto prevailed upon him to drop his bid and support Wandeto in a deal struck at the DP’s official residence in Karen, Nairobi.

After the meeting on April 21, Ruto said in a social media post that Gichuhi had conceded defeat.

“The Hustler Nation is grateful to Hon. Gichuhi Mwangi, MP Tetu, for graciously accepting the outcome of our party nominations. You have shown true leadership by agreeing to support Geoffrey Wandeto who emerged the winner,” Ruto said.

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