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Wetangula Floors Marende To Clinch National Assembly Seat

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Former Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has clinched the National Assembly speaker seat after garnering 215 votes against Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Kenneth Marende who got 130 votes.

Wetangula who was fronted by the Kenya Kwanza Alliance garnered the majority votes after an intense voting process.

He had resigned from his Bungoma Senate seat to vie for the speaker’s seat at the National Assembly.

Earlier on a section of Azimio MPs attempted to block Wetangula’s candidature saying he is still a state officer by virtue of being an elected senator.

The MPs led by Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang claim that Wetangula is still a member of parliament hence being unsuitable for the seat.

“Article 103 as read with article 106 mandates that a person is qualified if that person is not a member of this house and if he is a member of the other house, he has submitted his resignation to the other house,” said Kajwang.

According to Kajwang, Wetangula is an elected member of the other house and that it is not possible that he appropriately tendered his resignation a day after the elections when the former of the speaker had already been elected as governor.

“The term of this and that of the other house expired at that time when that person was elected as governor. It means that he tendered his resignation to an office with no speaker,” said Kajwang.

Kajwang’s argument was countered by Aden Duale however defended Wetangula saying that he is not a senator since he had not yet taken an oath of office.

“The law is very clear, even if Moses Masika Wetangula did not resign and had not brought you a resignation letter, Moses Wetangula is not a senator of the third senate because he has not taken an oath of office,” said Duale.

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