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Nine shortlisted for Kitui Speaker’s post, says Mutambuki

 Kitui County Clerk Elijah Mutambuki has released a shortlist of the nine candidates who will seek the post of the Speaker during election to be held on Wednesday.

Kitui  County Assembly Clerk Elijah Mutambuki speaks to the media on Friday last week. MWINGI TIMES/Mwingi Times Correspondent

The shortlist is a significant downscaling from the 20 personalities who had initially declared their interest in the seat. However only 12 had returned their full nomination papers by the Monday 9 am deadline.

The clerk on Tuesday confirmed that the nine had been found qualified to run for the position of the Speaker of the Assembly. The other three among those who returned their nomination papers were locked out of the race for failing to meet the criteria.

Mutambuki said despite their having presented their nomination papers on time, they had to be dropped for failing to meet requirements after their documents were scrutinized later on Monday.

The shortlisted

Among those who were cleared to run for the speakership are the outgoing speaker George Ndotto who had reigned at the assembly for the last two terms. The other are lawyer Kelvin Kinengo Katisya, and Benjamin Musyoki.

Kelvin Kinengo Katisya (left), a shortlisted candidate for Kitui Speaker's seat chats with MCAs Mary Mbithe and Nzungi Ngwele at the Kitui County Assembly precincts on Tuesday. MWINGI TIMES/Mwingi Times Correspondent

Samson Masila who had been the Kitui County Executive for Lands during the regime of the immediate former governor Charity Ngilu has also earned a slot in the shortlist. 

Former MCAs Boniface Kilaa Kasina and Andrew Luusa are also in the list of those who qualified to run for Speaker’s position too.

Others whose names will appear on the ballot are businessman Augustus Mulu, Paul Kitungu and Victor Mutua. 


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