SEC­OND TERM FOR KWALE SPEAKER >

Af­ter a failed bid for Kwale gover­nor’s post, Sammy Ruwa re­turns to suc­cess­fully de­fend his speaker’s seat.

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY NEWS - BY FAD­HILI FREDRICK ffad­hili@ke.na­tion­media.com

New leader holds a de­gree in law and an­other one in com­merce

Sammy Nya­mawi Ruwa sur­prised many when he won back the Speaker’s seat in the Kwale County as­sem­bly af­ter fail­ing in his bid to be gover­nor.

Mr Ruwa first tried his luck by seek­ing the ODM ticket to vie for gover­nor but lost in the nom­i­na­tions.

The new Speaker, a lawyer by pro­fes­sion, then vied for the gu­ber­na­to­rial seat as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

Born in 1977, Mr Ruwa comes from a small vil­lage called Maledi in Mw­ereni ward in the county.

He grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in com­merce in 1998 from Dr B.R. Ambed­kar Univer­sity in In­dia and, in 2002, grad­u­ated from the in­sti­tu­tion with a law de­gree among other aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Mr Ruwa is an Ad­vo­cate of the High Court and has served in var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and law firms. He worked at An­jar­walla & Co Ad­vo­cates in Mom­basa and Yano & Co Ad­vo­cates in El­doret.

He opened his law firm deal­ing in prop­erty in El­doret and then re­lo­cated to Mom­basa in Oc­to­ber 2009, em­ployed by Rob­son Har­ris and Com­pany Ad­vo­cates.

Mr Ruwa joined pol­i­tics in March 2013 when he was elected the first Speaker of Kwale County.

In 2015, he de­clared his in­ter­est in the gover­nor’s seat but faced crit­i­cism from all quar­ters.

In 2016, he of­fi­cially de­clared in­ter­est in the top seat in the county af­ter Gover­nor Salim Mvurya ditched ODM for Ju­bilee Party.

Dur­ing the ODM nom­i­na­tions in April this year, which were marred by chaos and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, Mr Ruwa lost to for­mer Plan In­ter­na­tional Uganda coun­try di­rec­tor Issa Chipera who got 7,085 votes against his 6,649. Af­ter in­ter­nal wran­gling in the party, in May, Mr Ruwa ditched ODM and vied for the seat as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

He said his de­ci­sion to quit ODM was trig­gered by the party’s de­ci­sion to ig­nore the of­fi­cial party reg­is­ter and in­stead use the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion’s reg­is­ter which led to par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pri­maries by non-mem­bers of the party.

In the Au­gust 8 elec­tions, Mr Ruwa came a dis­tant fourth as Mr Mvurya re­tained his seat with 119,680 votes, while Wiper’s Chi­rau Mwak­were had 29,741 votes. He has since re­joined ODM as he serves his sec­ond term as the Speaker.

As Speaker, Mr Ruwa has been in­stru­men­tal in push­ing for the en­act­ment of trans­for­ma­tive poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion that have trans­formed Kwale County into one of the most pro­gres­sive coun­ties in the coun­try.

1977 Year when Speaker Sammy Ruwa, who is serv­ing his sec­ond term, was born

FAD­HILI FREDRICK | NA­TION

Kwale County As­sem­bly Speaker Sammy Ruwa ad­dresses jour­nal­ists out­side the as­sem­bly hall. Mr Ruwa is serv­ing his sec­ond term as the Speaker.

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