Kisii county members of the county assembly have elected David Kombo as the second Speaker of the Kisii County Assembly.
In a hotly contested election that was conducted by the Kisii county Assembly clerk James Nyaboga, Mr Kombo beat other seven contenders to emerge the winner.
The seat that was previously held by Kerosi Ondieki who bowed out of the race citing that he had been adviced by the family not to contest for the seat.
Mr Kombo won the seat in the second round of voting , by garnering 45 votes against his closest challenger Rashid Minyogo getting 22 votes with two rejected votes.
In the first round Kombo led with 41 votes followed by Mr Miyogo with 12 votes as Rael Otundo came third with 12 votes.
Ms Otundo had unsuccessfully vied on KNC and lost the Nyaribari Chache Member of parliamentary seat to Richard Tong’i of Jubilee who retained it
In his address to the county assembly members Mr Kombo urged all the 69 Members ofCounty Assembly to join hands in ensuring that the residents of Kisii County are well served during their tenure in office.
“I would like to call upon all elected leaders of this house to keep aside any political differences that are bound to derail the County Assembly from delivering on his noble agenda,” Kombo said.
He further said that his office as the speaker would be fair and impartial in serving all members of the assembly and urged them to support him in order to deliver service to Kisii county residents.
“I urge all stakeholders to foster on service delivery and on how we will deliver to promote the economy of our county from where it is,” he said.
On his side the Kisii county governor James Ongwae urged the MCAs to look further beyond paty politics and work as a team to ensure better service delivery to the people.
“We recognize the principle of separation of powers but its quite good for all of us to work together which we are confident will better our service delivery to the Kisii people,” he said.
He further urged the speaker to work independently without favoring any side of the political side.
Sentiments which were echoed by his Deputy Joash Maangi, who said that he believes that the swearing in of the MCAs has paved way for the elected and nominated members to start their work immediately to deliver what they promised their people.
Mr Ongwae further said that its quite privileged to have the best and all round professionals who were elected to the assembly.
“Having looked at their resumes am confident because we have all kinds of professionals in the assembly since its comprised of Doctors, Architects, Lawyers, Administrators, Bishops among others,” he said.
On their part, Kisiii county senator Prof. Sam Ongeri said that his office would work closely with the speakers office to ensure better service delivery.
“I am aware of the task ahead as an oversight of the county, and we shall work together to bring development to our people,” said Prof Ongeri.
Kisii County women representative Janet Ongera urged all the members of the county assembly to work diligently. She specifically urged the women and youth members in the assembly to ensure that their agenda is set and felt so as to bring in laws that will bring development.
“I urge all the nominated members of the assembly but let your representation be felt by enacting in laws that benefit the people you represent,” she said.
However, Miss Ongera lamented on why the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)failed to nominate any person with disability to the county and yet the lists submitted by the party had the names.
“Something must be done in order to ensure that our disabled brothers and sisters are well represented in the county assembly, she said.