The newly elected 55 MCAs in Nakuru county are divided on which community the next speaker should come from.
The 16 Kalenjin MCAs feel Kikuyus wants to impose one of their own on them.
The Kalenjin MCAs want a neutral person elected. With less than two weeks to go before the MCAs are sworn in, the two communities are yet to agree. Kikuyu MCAs are said to be adamant the next speaker should come from their community.
In the previous county assembly, the speaker was Susan Kihika, who was from the Kikuyu community. Her deputy was Kipkoros Tuei, a Kalenjin.
The race for speaker has attracted a host of contenders, with the front runners being Maina Kairu, county assembly clerk Joseph Malinda, former Subukia legislator Nelson Gaichuia, Ann Njeri, Zack Njeru and Waithanji Mutiti.
An MCA who spoke to the Star on the phone on condition of anonymity said anyone can get the speaker job, Nakuru being cosmopolitan.
The MCA said tribal inclinations should not be used to determine who gets the job. “It is true there is some division, but it is wrong to start playing the tribal card when choosing the next speaker,” he said.
However, in an exclusive interview, Governor-elect Lee Kinyanjui on Thursday said the next speaker ‘must’ come from the Jubilee Party.
Kinyanjui, who will be sworn in on Monday at the ASK Showground, said Jubilee Party has the majority MCAs so it deserves to appoint the next speaker.
He said although he is not backing any individual, all he knows is that the speaker should be from Jubilee. “Just like the National Assembly, Jubilee, which had the majority MPs elected the speakers of the both houses,” he said.