Senators allied to Azimio One Kenya Coalition stormed out of the Senate after the announcement that Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka had withdrawn from the speaker race.
“Pursuant to Standing Order No. 8, a candidate may by written notice to the clerk, withdraw his or her candidature before a ballot has started.”In this regard, I want to draw to the attention of the senate and senators that this morning, Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, withdrew his candidature of the speaker of the senate will not appear on the ballot paper,” the clerk, Jeremiah Nyegenye, announced.
Kalonzo’s withdrawal left only Kenya Kwanza’s Amason Kingi and six others to contest for the position.
Senator Ledama who led the walkout stated that there were issues that needed to be clarified prior to electing a speaker. “There a lot of things that need to be done for us to conduct a proper process. Some of our colleagues raised serious concerns and it would have been important for them to be cleared. We need to school members to read their coalition agreement and other matters.
“Former Bungoma senator-elect, Moses Wetangula, resigned (to run for National Assembly speaker) and now we are tied at 23 senators each for Kenya Kwanza and Azimio La Umoja and we need to address that issue,” Ledama complained while addressing the media.