Kochei won’t defend speaker’s seat in Elgeyo Marakwet
Elgeyo Marakwet assembly speaker Albert Kochei has said he will not defend his seat.
He will also relinquish the post of the secretary general of the County Assemblies Forum in the country.
On Friday, Kochei met all the 33 elected MCAs in the county and told them he would not seek reelection, because he wants to pursue other engagements. “I’m giving the MCAs an opportunity to elect another speaker. I leave the assembly with my head high, having achieved so much during my tenure as the speaker,” he said.
More than 15 candidates, mostly lawyers, want to replace him as speaker.
Among them is lawyer Ledisha Kittony, who is viewed as a frontrunner.
Analysts say she is likely to carry the day.
Kochei said he would, however, remain a staunch supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto.
“The assembly is the only one that is close to attaining ISO Certification and it’s the only one with a new chamber, which is almost the same as the Senate, with modern equipment,” he said.
In Uasin Gishu, the race for speaker has narrowed down to three candidates.
They include Isaac Terer, Ham Lagat and Hillary Mitei.