More than 18 Jubilee MCAs including those from affiliate parties in Kajiado county on Tuesday night endorsed the re-election of Johnson Osoi as their speaker.
The decision was reached after many hours of deliberations between the MCAs-elect and governor Joseph Lenku in his residence in Kajiado town.
The meeting was convened by Lenku, two days after taking office, and was out of bound for journalists.
Some of the Jubilee MCAs, who were in attendance, and who asked to remain anonymous, told journalists the meeting was “stormy” as some of them opposed to the endorsement of the speaker.
They said after many hours of deliberations and consultations with the governor, the elected Jubilee MCAs settled on Osoi and agreed to lobby party nominees once their names have been published in the official gazette notice.
Osoi, yesterday, said he is grateful for the JP MCAs for according him a second term in office.
“I am really humbled by the confidence they have in me, and I am calling upon those who had come up to oppose me to come over and work with us. It was their constitutional right to take up the contest and I am not bitter in anyway. In fact I am inviting them for a sumptuous lunch so we can forget our political differences,” said Osoi over the phone.
Former Oloosirkon Ward MCA, Daniel Kanchori, however, protested the endorsement of Osoi and maintained that the battle is still on.
Kanchori, Samuel Seki and Benjamin Tipatet had shown interest in the seat of the speaker.
During the Tuesday evening deliberations, in-coming Jubilee MCA for Magadi Ward, Joseph Masiaya, was endorsed for the deputy speaker’s position. He hails from Kajiado West.
The post of deputy speaker in the last county assembly was occupied by outgoing Keek-Onyokie MCA, George Sunkuyia, who is now the new Kajiado MP-elect after trouncing Moses Sakuda in the last general election.
Ongata Rongai MCA-elect, Mwathi Pere was endorsed to take up the position of Majority leader. He comes from Kajiado North constituency.
Majority leader in the last assembly was Onesmas Ngogoyo, who in the last elections lost the Olkeri seat to James Gitau.
For the position of assembly chief whip, the MCAs settled on Julius Moipai who is the new Imbirrikani/Eselenkei ward MCA-elect.
Governor Lenku pleaded with the Jubilee MCAs to work in unity for the sake uniting Kajiado people together and also in delivering the pledges of the party leaders made during the last campaigns.
Lenku is also said to have urged the MCAs to involve their electorate in all their development agenda through public participation so as to allow them take part in issues affecting them.
It is also said that all the house committee chairmen and their deputies were deliberated and named during the stormy meeting in Kajiado