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Hon. Ekwe Ethuro is the New Speaker of Senate

Former Turkana Central MP, Hon. Ekwe Ethuro is the new Speaker of Senate.

He was declared the winner after beating his sole rival, former Ladgera MP Farah Maalim in the second round of a two round vote conducted on Thursday 28th March 2013. Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura won the Deputy Speaker seat.

In the first round for the Speaker’s election, Mr. Ethuro gannered 35 votes. He was followed by Mr. Farah Maalim who gannered 21 votes in the first round and Mr. Erick Desailly Omondi who gannered one vote.

In the second and final round of voting Mr. Ethuro emerged winner gannering 38 votes against Mr. Maalim’s 29 votes to become the Senate Speaker. “Honourable Senators, pursuant to Standing Orders 7 paragraph 4 I now declare Ethuro David Ekwe to be duly elected as the Speaker of the Senate,” declared the Clerk of Senate Mr. Jeremiah Nyegenye who presided over the election of the Speaker.

In the elections for the Deputy Speaker Mr. Kembi-Gitura, a one time legislator, gannered 38 votes against Mr. George Khaniri who got 29 votes.

Mr. Ethuro who was the Member for Turkana Central in the last Parliament and was also elected to parliament in 1997, was also a Member of the Speaker’s Panel in the 10th Parliament. Mr. Ethuro was also an Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Planning and National Development from the year 2005 to 2007 and an Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development from 1998 to 2002. He served as a Temporary Deputy Speaker in the 9th Parliament. The 49 year old Senator is a holder of a Msc in Agriculture and Economics and also has a Bsc in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi.

Mr. Kembi-Gitura, 58, is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and was the Member of Parliament for Kiharu Constituency from 2003 to 2007. He Holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Nairobi. Hon. Gitura was also the Assistant Minister for Agriculture from 2005 to 2006 and the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2007.

He was also a Member of the Public Accounts Committee and was actively involved in the constitutional review process leading to the referendum in 2005. He was the Kenyan Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from 2009 until recently.

Prior to the elections of the Speaker and his Deputy, all the 67 senators were sworn in. Laikipia Senator, Kariuki Godfrey Gitahi (popularly known as G.G. Kariuki) was the first to be sworn in. He was accorded the honour in recognition of his Seniority among the 67 Senators. The 74 year old has served in all of the country’s three Presidential administrations beginning with that of the founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

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