Wamalwa returned as Busia Assembly Speaker


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.

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