The Jubilee Party has nominated Harrison Wangoro Mwangi to be the Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly.
Mwangi ran on a Jubilee ticket for the Embakasi North parliamentary seat but was defeated by a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate.
Jeremiah Kioni, the party’s Secretary General, confirmed his appointment yesterday at Jubilee’s headquarters in Pangani.
“The Jubilee party would like to nominate Wangoro Mwangi as Nairobi County Speaker,” Kioni said.
As newly elected Members of County Assemblies prepare to be sworn in, lobbying for speaker elections will begin.
The election of the 47 speakers is expected to take place immediately after the MCAs are sworn in, according to the law.
The Standing Orders further indicate that the first sitting will only have two items on the order paper: The election of the speaker and the swearing-in of members.
“A speaker shall be elected when the County Assembly first meets after a General Election and before the County Assembly proceeds with the dispatch of any other business, except the administration of the Oath or Affirmation of Office to members present,” reads the standing orders.
The Speaker’s responsibility is to preside over County Assembly debates at each sitting, to keep an assembly attendance register and orders, and to know about applicable statutes, procedures, and practices.
The Speaker, in addition to being the assembly’s spokesperson, guarantees the assembly’s dignity and disciplines MCAs for wrongdoing, among other duties.