SECOND TERM FOR KWALE SPEAKER >
After a failed bid for Kwale governor’s post, Sammy Ruwa returns to successfully defend his speaker’s seat.
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
Kwale County Assembly Speaker Sammy Ruwa addresses journalists outside the assembly hall. Mr Ruwa is serving his second term as the Speaker.