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Kihika sets ball rolling in Senate speaker bid amid intense lobbying

Nakuru Senator-elect Susan Kihika is keen on becoming the first woman senate speaker or deputy.

This is as lobbying for top parliamentary positions intensified after last week’s general election.

Elected NASA and Jubilee lawmakers in both Senate and National Assembly are angling for the slots.

The 12th Parliament is scheduled to convene on Tuesday next week.

Kihika has expressed interest in the two strategic top Senate leadership seats.

The former Nakuru speaker told the Star that she is currently “studying the landscape” while waiting for a decision by the Jubilee Party leaders.

“When it comes to leadership of an August House, there is not anyone who has been tried and tested than I have.”

“I was tried by fire and we somehow managed. I survived to lead a successful assembly,” she said on Monday.

Kihika is among the first three women lawmakers to be elected to the Senate.

The other two are Margret Kamar (Uasin Gishu) and Fatuma Dullo (Isiolo).

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has more numbers in both houses compared to the National Super Alliance headed by Raila Odinga.

“I have not lobbied and I am comfortable with the decision my party leaders, whom I have much respect for, will make.”

“Where they think I am best suited to serve, I will serve. Whichever of the two (Speaker and deputy) that will at the end come my way,” Kihika said.

The Senate deputy speaker position is up for grabs after its holder and outgoing Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura failed to defend his seat.

Kembi lost to outgoing Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata.

There is push to replace Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro with either Kihika or former CIC chairman Charles Nyachae.

Outgoing Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga is also lined up among those being fronted for the position.

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