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