Amason Kingi elected Speaker of the Senate

Senate Speaker Amason Kingi./COURTESY

Amason Kingi has been elected as the Speaker of the Senate.

The Former Kilifi Governor garnered 46 out of the 46 cast votes during the Senate elections on Thursday.

Kingi met the threshold of two-thirds majority. He got 46 votes out of 67 votes being the total number of Senators.

“I wish to undertake that under my stewardship, my commitment to you honorable senators and the people we represent, is to be faithful and impartial servant, ready to discharge my diverse roles and responsibilities with due diligence and in accordance with the constitution of Kenya and Senate Standing Orders,” said Senate Speaker Amason Kingi in his maiden speech.

Meanwhile, Murungi Kathuri was duly elected as Deputy Speaker of the Senate after Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo withdrew his candidature for the position.

“Pursuant to Standing Order no.8 a candidate may, by written notice to the clerk, withdraw his or her candidature before a ballot is started. In this regard, I wish to draw the attention of honorable senators that this morning by a letter dated 8th September 2022 and addressed to the clerk of the Senate, Senator Madzayo Stewart Shadrack Mwachiru withdrew his candidature for the position of Deputy Speaker of the Senate,” said Senate Speaker Amason Kingi.

Having withdrawn his candidature, Murungi Kathuri was the only candidate duly nominated for the position of Deputy Speaker of the Senate.

“Standing Order no.11, as read together with Standing Order no.13 (4) provides that if there is only one candidate, who has been duly nominated for election as Deputy Speaker at the expiry of the nomination period, that candidate shall be declared forthwith to have been elected Deputy Speaker without any ballot or vote being required,” said the Senate Speaker.