Trans Nzoia: Andrew Wanyonyi Elected Speaker

The new speaker of the county assembly of Trans Nzoia Andrew Mukhisa Wanyonyi enters the chambers after wearing official regalia. Photo/Courtesy

Andrew Mukhisa Wanyonyi is the new speaker of the county assembly of Trans Nzoia after garnering 20 votes against 13 of his competitor Wesley Korir following an election by 33 ward representatives who were sworn in today.

The voting exercise which was narrowed to seven contestants was held twice after the first round failed to meet the two third majority threshold which required that the winner gunners at least 22 votes.

In the first round, Wanyonyi took the lead with 19 votes against Korir’s 14 votes warranting the need for the second round since none of the candidates secured the two third majority requirement.

“Since none of the candidates has met the legal threshold to be declared winner, we now direct that there be a fresh election exercise where whoever ginners simple majority will be declared winner,” said the assembly clerk Moses Lupao.

Mr. Wanyonyi was subsequently sworn in to office by the clerk and he immediately begun his duties by overseeing the election of his deputy after delivering his inaugural speech.

“Top on our agenda will be the integration of our people since Trans Nzoia is a cosmopolitan county. We hope to demonstrate this in our mandate as the third assembly,” said speaker Wanyonyi.

The Speaker who unsuccessfully contested for the Governor seat in the region 2017 also served as the county executive committee member in charge of finance under former Governor Patrick Khaemba’s administration.

Matisi ward MCA Obed Mwale was elected the deputy speaker since he was the only one who had declared interest in the vacancy.

The 25 elected and 8 nominated MCAs took the oath of office in the morning when the third assembly officially came to live through a session that was kicked off by clerk Lupao.