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Ex-Makadara MP wins county assembly speaker seat

Former Makadara MP Benson Mutura has won the Nairobi County Assembly speaker seat after garnering 99 seats out of the 122 cast by the members in the first round. The election took place on Friday via Zoom due to the measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.

”I hereby declare Mr. Benson Mutura the new Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, having attained more than the required tow-thirds majority,” said the acting Speaker John Kamangu in his announcement of the winner.

The election took place after Beatrice Elachi resigned on Tuesday after which seven candidates were shortlisted in the race to succeed the embattled Elachi. Mutura’s chances of winning were increased after Alex Ole Magelo withdrew from the race to support him.

The other candidates included: former Nairobi deputy speaker Ken Ngondi, former Nairobi Economic Planning chief officer Dr. Makodingo Washington, Abdi Ali Abdi who came second to Elachi in the 2017 election, Mike Obonyo Guoro and Allan Chacha Mang’era.