The Speaker of the First Busia County Assembly Bernard Wamwalwa was on Wednesday re-elected for another five-year term by an overwhelming majority of the 53-member assembly.
Wamalwa was declared winner by the Assembly Clerk Allan Mabuka after amassing 49 votes which was more than the required two-third majority of 36. Garbriel Fwaya was second with three votes while Stephen Odebero took third position with one vote.
Angurai North Ward MCA Lawrence Murunga Okaale, a former Inspector of Police was elected unopposed as the new Deputy Speaker, taking over from Angurai South MCA Moses Ote who failed to successfully defend his seat in the August 8 general election. The seat was won by Grace Tata Olita.
In his acceptance speech, Wamalwa said although the task ahead is daunting he promised to give his best shot to turn around the assembly by upholding the law to raise the bar in terms of service delivery.
” The election of the Speaker has completed all elective offices in the county including MCAs, MPs, Women Representative, Senator and Governor. It is now time to embark on development and bring the people of Busia together irrespective of their party affiliations.
The next two weeks is crucial as the Assembly is mandated by law to set up committees. The Executive will submit the names of the County Executive Committee Members and Chief Officers who will require the approval of the Assembly,” he said.
The new Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale said he was humbled to serve as the second Deputy Speaker and pledged to offer his services to the best of his ability and to protect the dignity of the Assembly.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi and First Lady Judy Ojaamong attended the swearing in ceremony for MCAs, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Wamwalwa later declared the First sitting of the Second County Assembly sine die.
Photos: County Assembly of Busia Speaker Bernard Wamalwa being sworn in by Assembly Clerk Allan Mabuka on Wednesday.