County swears its MCAs
The newly elected kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker Murimi Muteti waves his election certificate as the Assembly Clerk Kamau Audi (centre) and Sergeant at Arms cheer him up this morning moments after winning the position
A total of 31 MCAs for the Kirinyaga County Assembly have been sworn in save for the 32 nd one who did not turn up.
Pauline Kamau who prior to her nomination to the Assembly was the County Director of Administration at the County Government did not show up nor answer when her name was called out by the Assembly Clerk Kamau Aidi.
She neither sent an apology nor her representative to notify the Clerk why she had absconded the ceremony.
The County has 20 elected MCAs while the 11 others are nominated and included two living with disabilities Njoki Mitaru (physically impaired ) and hearing impaired Harrison Bundi.
Mutithi Ward MCA Jenaro Njaamumo moments after taking oath of office at the Kirinyaga County Assembly and later being elected unopposed as the Assembly Deputy Speaker as his boss Murimi Muteti (right) and the Assembly Clerk Kamau Aidi look on this morning
This was the first time since the inception of the Assembly in 2013 , a sign language interpreter was introduced and accommodated in the House .
While introducing the Interpreter Abednego Ng’eno to the MCAs before the ceremony , Aidi told them to learn to live with him in the next five years where he will be the personal assistant to Bundi in all matters that will be transpiring in the Assembly proceedings .
Bundi plunged into the mucky world of politics during the UDA nominations but due to his limitation in speech he was floored at the onset .
Luck however came calling after his name was listed among the nomination slot of the party (UDA), culminating to his appearance at the Assembly this morning.
The swearing in was carried out in order of seniority of those who were now coming to start their third consecutive term.
Kinyua Wa Wangui led the seniority followed by David Mathenge, among others who served during the first Assembly in 2013 lost but made a comeback.
Caroline Wanjiku Muirithi who served as a nominated MCA during the last term sprung back as an elected MCA for Karumandi Ward and has since made history after becoming the first elected MCA since the onset of devolution in the County.
Harrison Bundi ,the nominated kirinyaga County Assembly MCA speaks to the media upon being sworn in this morning through his sign language interpreter Abedinego Ngeno (right facing the cameras) . Bundi has some hearing impairment.
The Ndia UDA parliamentary loser at the nominations stage Murimi Muteti was elected the Assembly Speaker after he garnered all the 31 votes cast while his sole opponent Joel Wagura who served as the Deputy Speaker during the last term scored Zero votes .
Earlier on a third contender Calbert Njeru withdrew his candidature vide his letter to the assembly Clerk leaving the contest between the two .
A first term (2013) Mutithi MCA Jenaro was elected the Deputy Speaker after his sole opponent Kinyua wa Wangui withdrew from the race at the eleventh hour .
Muteti after the ceremony told reporters that the Assembly will now formally convene on Oct 4 when Governor Anne Waiguru will officially open the consecutive sittings .
Anne Wangeci served as the pioneer Speaker followed by Wachira Githanda who resigned after serving for only eight months after the 2017 general elections and was succeeded by Anthony Gathumbi who is the immediate former speaker .
Githanda is now the Deputy Governor after he was picked by Waiguru as her running mate during the August 9 general elections.