Kochei won’t de­fend speaker’s seat in El­geyo Marak­wet

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Rift Valley -

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.

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