Bungoma governor race loser Kenneth Lusaka is likely to become the National Assembly Speaker in expected changes in the Jubilee parliamentary line-up, The Informer has authoritatively learned.
The reorganisation may see current Speaker Justin Muturi appointed a Cabinet secretary to a newly created Justice and Constitutional Affairs docket.
According to a senior source within Jubilee ranks, the Deputy Speaker’s post may go to Murang’a Women’s Representative Sabina Chege. The position was previously held by current Bomet governor Joyce Laboso.
According to the source, the party has taken the move to balance the various emerging interests which include regional representation and as a way of reciprocating the gains made after the August 8 general election.
The source whoever denied that Muturi was being sacrificed for political expediency saying such changes were a normal phenomenon after a general election. “If you are a politician, you will learn through experience that at times like these change is inevitable,” said the source.
Though he lost to Wycliffe Wangamati of Ford Kenya, in the just concluded elections, Lusaka who vied on a Jubilee ticket put up a spirited fight garnering 180,847 against the winner’s 201,824 votes.
Lusaka led jubilee campaigns in the Western regions which saw the election of eight out of 33 parliamentary seats in the region, previously considered to be an opposition stronghold.
In the same region, the presidential votes for Uhuru also increased significantly as compared to numbers the 2013 general election.