Former Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has been sworn in as the new Speaker of the Senate after garnering a total of 46 votes.
Kingi, a member of Kenya Kwanza got an overwhelming number of votes after those allied to Azimio walked out of the exercise. He only needed 45 votes to be declared the winner.
Speaking after he was sworn in, Kingi thanked the Senators who elected him as well as promised to work towards defending the constitution of Kenya.
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“I am deeply humbled and touched by the immense confidence and trust you have placed in me. I, therefore, accept with humility and ledge that I shall perform to my utmost ability the constitutional responsibilities and duties of the office of the speaker of the Senate for the next five years,” said Kingi
Confirming Kingi’s election was the Senate. “Sen. Amason Kingi Jeffah has been elected overwhelmingly to be the Speaker of the Senate of Kenya. He will preside over the 4th Senate in the 13th Parliament,” said Senate
The former Kilifi Governor will now take over from Keneth Lusaka who clinched the Gubernatorial seat of Bungoma under the Kenya Kwanza coalition.