Kenneth Lusaka elected Senate Speaker, trounces Farah Maalim

Kenneth Lusaka [,ke]

Former Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka is the second Speaker of the Senate.

He emerged victorious in a round two vote where he garnered 42 votes out of the 67 cast.

Former National Assembly Speaker who had been fronted by NASA, Farah Maalim came in second with 25 votes.

The vote went into the second round after Lusaka and five other candidates failed two thirds of the total vote which is 45 out of the 67.

However, in the second round, with a majority backing of Jubilee senators, Lusaka clinched the 42 votes.

In the first round, Lusaka garnered 40 votes while Maalim got 23.

His bid for Speaker at the Senate had been questioned by NASA Senators led by Siaya Senator James Orengo.

They said premised on a petition to the Senate questioning his integrity, he should not be allowed to vie until he is cleared.

But Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye in his verdict said the petition had not been adopted by the House and Lusaka had not been proven guilty.

The Clerk also said Lusaka had been cleared by the IEBC when seeking for a second term as Bungoma Governor meaning his integrity was in line with Chapter Six of the Constitution.

Lusaka was upbeat on winning the seat after intensive lobbying in the past week.

He had in the past said he is not worried after losing the governorship to Ford Kenya’s Wycliffe Wangamati as Jubilee would reward him.

He was endorsed to vie for the seat during a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting on Wednesday at State House.

Lusaka has promised to enhance the relationship between the Senate and County governments.

“I will seek to ensure that the relationship between the Senate and the county governments is improved. We want to put the issues we have behind us,” he said as quoted by Daily Nation.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News