Former Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka was on Thursday elected Senate Speaker.
Mr. Lusaka, who has also in the past served as Livestock permanent secretary, was declared the winner by Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye after a second round of voting.
He was pit against former Speaker Ethuro, Farah Maalim and Paul Ribathi. Lusaka clinched the seat with 42 votes against Maalim’s 25. Ethuro and Rigathi only managed two and one votes respectively.
In his acceptance speech, Ken Lusaka promised to enact more compliant bills that will guard devolution noting that the Senate will strive to work with the national government to ensure development in the country.
“I promise to serve you diligently in the next five years. I want to congratulate my worthy opponents. I also wish our sister house, National Assembly, all the best,” said Lusaka
Lusaka further called upon senators to adopt a bipartisan approach to ensure quality services as he called for national unity.
“Let us jealously protect and guard devolution and our beloved country. Let us nurture it the way a parent nurtures a newborn. We don’t have another Kenya. Let’s forge ahead and be guided by unity of purpose. Let’s be the rock upon which Kenyans find refuge and solace,” he told the House.
As Ken Lusaka celebrated his victory, the House could not elect his deputy after all the candidates who had shown interest in the post withdrew from the race at the last minute.
Mr. Johnson Sakaja, Ms. Susan Kihika, and Mr. Kang’ata Irungu had lined up to battle it out for the seat but withdrew after the Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group indicated it would support Prof Kindiki.
Prof. Kindiki, however, showed reluctance to accept the position having been majority leader in the last Senate.
“We shall conduct the exercise when we next reconvene because there is no candidate,” Mr. Lusaka ruled soon after taking the chair.