Ki­tui trader throws his hat in the ring in bat­tle for speaker’s seat

Jones Nundu, 30, takes on the out­go­ing speaker, sea­soned politi­cian Ge­orge Ndotto, among other seven can­di­dates. He says the county needs youthful lead­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Eastern - MUSEMBI NZENGU @nzengumj

Youthful busi­ness­man Jones Nundu has de­clared his can­di­da­ture for the Ki­tui county as­sem­bly speaker’s po­si­tion.

The elec­tion will be held on Thurs­day.

Nundu, 30, takes on the out­go­ing speaker, sea­soned politi­cian, Ge­orge Ndotto among other seven can­di­dates.

Ndotto is a vet­eran politi­cian who served as a MP and a Cabi­net min­is­ter in Pres­i­dent Daniel arap Moi’s gov­ern­ment in the late 80s and early 90s.

In a state­ment to the me­dia yes­ter­day, Nundu, who de­scribed him­self as a pro­fes­sional and an ac­com­plished busi­ness­man, said time had come for the youth to take over as the Ki­tui as­sem­bly speaker.

“Ki­tui peo­ple want a change of guard in lead­er­ship. Many of those elected as MCAs in the Au­gust 8 poll are young peo­ple. It will be the de­sire of the peo­ple of Ki­tui to see a youth like my­self be­come the speaker to com­plete the lead­er­ship trans­for­ma­tion at the as­sem­bly,” he said.

Nundu said he had in­ter­acted with some of the newly elected and nom­i­nated MCAs, who as­sured him of their back­ing.

“I have the ad­van­tage that most MCAs are young like my­self. They have promised not to aban­don one of their own,” Nundu said.

Last week, the clerk of the Ki­tui as­sem­bly Eli­jah Mu­tam­buki an­nounced, through a news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ment, that the first sit­ting of the new as­sem­bly will be on Septem­ber 7, dur­ing which the elec­tion of the speaker will take place.

Ndotto is also fac­ing a chal­lenge from three lawyers in­clud­ing Sam­son Masila, John Makau and Ben­jamin Musyoki. The lawyers say they are bet­ter placed to make laws.

How­ever, Ndotto who has been in pub­lic service since the 1970s last week, dis­missed his com­peti­tors as novices.

/MUSEMBI NZENGU

Ki­tui speaker Ge­orge Ndotto ad­dress­ing the me­dia in his of­fice on Jul 8, 2014

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