Azimio’s Ken Ngondi elected Nairobi County Assembly Speaker
Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition is set to take control of the Nairobi County Assembly after its candidate Ken Ngondi was elected Speaker.
In the first round of voting, Mr Ngondi garnered 71 votes against Hassan Robow Mohammed’s 52 votes.
With neither candidate attaining the two-thirds threshold of 81 votes, as required by the standing orders for an outright win, the Assembly Clerk Edward Gichana called for a second round of voting where a candidate with a simple majority is declared the winner.
Mr Ngondi then went on to win the second round with 68 votes while Mr Mohammed garnered 55 votes. The latter was being fronted by Members of County Assembly aligned to Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
The outcome of the vote was wildly celebrated by Azimio MCAs. Mr Ngondi took his oath of office shortly after being declared the winner.
Several Azimio legislators, including Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris and Langata MP Felix Odiwuor attended the sitting.
Early on, there was a stand-off in the assembly after Kenya Kwanza-affiliated MCAs accused their Azimio counterparts of planning to compromise the voting process.
The stand-off was resolved after the Speaker directed that ballot boxes be placed in such a way that no other member can see how the another is voting.
During the morning session, all the elected and nominated MCAs took the oath of office.