Prof Margaret Kamar replaces Kindiki in the senate

Uasin Ngishu senator Prof Maragaret Kamar who has replaced Kindiki in the senate PHOTO COURTESY

Uasin Gishu senator Prof Margret Kamar has been duly elected as deputy speaker in the senate.

Kamar was elected unopposed after the contestants of the post withdrew from the race.

Among those who withdrew were Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo, Kirinyaga senator Charles Kibiru, Senator Isaac Mwaura, and Judith Pareno.

“The ongoing remake of our politics calls for a sacrifice, some of which may be personal,” Kibiru said in a statement.

Nominated senator Millicent Omanga on Friday last week did not present her name for candidature before elections in the house.

Following the development, the speaker of the senate Ken Lusaka declared Kamar as the deputy speaker of the senate with a subsequent swearing-in ceremony.

“Standing order 11 as reading together with standing order 13(4)states that in the event that there is only one candidate who has been nominated for the election of deputy speaker that candidate shall be declared forthwith to be the deputy speaker,” Lusaka said.

Kamar replaces Tharaka Nithi senator Prof Kithure Kindiki after a showdown in the Jubilee party which saw his ouster from his position.

Erstwhile Majority leader in the senate Kipchumba Murkomen and whip Susan Kihika were also ousted as the purge shifts to the National Assembly.