Azimio has chosen Kenneth Marende as its candidate for the post of Speaker of the National Assembly – a position that was originally touted for Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka.
Media reported that Azimio’s general secretary, Junet Mohamed, made the announcement public, saying there had been wide consultations among stakeholders before arriving at the decision.
Junet revealed that the coalition had decided to put forward a proven candidate to take on Kenya Kwanza’s Moses Wetangula. While explaining the decision, Junet noted that the Azimio coalition had kept its cards close to its chest in an effort to outsmart its political competitors.
The former President of the National Assembly, Kenneth Marende.
“The Azimio coalition has decided to present Marende as a candidate for the presidency of the National Assembly. We have decided to choose someone who has proven himself, someone who understands how parliament works.”
“We will officially communicate this to all of our members by Monday. All coalition partners, including Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, agree,” Junet said. Nation.Africa
Talk to Kenyans.co.keWiper’s general secretary, Shakila Abdalla, however, said she was unaware of such developments.
Junet noted that the Wiper party would not be left empty-handed as it would produce a candidate to run for the position of vice-president of the National Assembly, while the candidate for the president of the Senate would be reserved for the coast or the region. pastoral.
Marende, who said he was briefed on the decision, noted he was up to serving to the best of his abilities.
“If you ask me about my level of confidence in terms of skill and ability to serve, I’m 100 per cent. I’ve served in the office before and the jury is there for my performance,” Marende said.
Other leaders of the Azimio faction seeking positions include ODM President John Mbadi and Ugunja MP-elect Opiyo Wandayi, who are both seeking the post of Assembly Majority Leader. national.
Initially, Marende had been presented as the candidate for the post of President of the Senate while Kalonzo had been offered the post of Chief Cabinet Secretary.
Marende, who served as president between 2008 and 2012, will face Senator-elect Moses Wetangula, who is led by the Kenya Kwanza wing of President-elect William Ruto.
Both sides are watching the Supreme Court, which will rule on the presidential petition challenging Ruto’s victory.
An exhibit of the Supreme Court session as the motion hearing continues on August 31, 2022