Five people have been disqualified in the race for the Busia County Assembly Speaker’s position after failing to beat the Monday 9am deadline of returning the nomination forms to the Assembly Clerk Allan Mabuka or did not meet the set requirements.
The four who failed to return their nomination forms are Susan Mang’eni who contested for Women Representative Position in the August 8 elections, Francis Chachi, Henry Ndagwa and Tony Omeri. Mabuka said they have been technically been locked out of the race due to time factor.
Simon Wandera Bwire returned his nomination forms but was knocked out. Mabuka said the candidate returned blank forms probably after failing to get two MCAs as proposer and seconder.
Bwire was among the four who returned their nomination papers in time. Others included includes the First Assembly Speaker Bernard Mubinja Wamalwa, Busia County Education Board Chairman Prof Stephen Onyango Odebero and Gabriel Fwaya Ojwang.
Mabuka said copies of curriculum vitae of the qualified members have been made available to the Members of the County Assembly through hand delivery.
Angurai North Ward MCA Lawrence Okaale Murunga is set to take over as the Deputy Speaker after remaining unopposed in his quest to take over from his predecessor Moses Ote.
” Having worked at Baringo and Bomet County Assemblies as Sergeant at Arms I have learnt on the procedures of the Assembly which I will use it to improve legislation and oversight role of the Members of the County Assembly.
I will also use my experience as former Inspector of Police and training in senior management which balanced my emotions to help the speaker deliver on the Assembly mandate,” he said.
Photos: Bernard Wamalwa, Susan Mangeni and Lawrence Okaale Murunga