• Kingi was elected minutes after Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the race 

• Amason Kingi will replace Kenneth Lusaka who is the Governor for Bunguma County

elected Senate Speaker
Amason Kingi elected Senate Speaker
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Amason Kingi, a former governor of Kilifi county, has been elected as speaker of the senate.

On Thursday, Kingi received 46 out of 67 votes, which is an absolute majority, to win the race.

Kingi won the Speaker's position shortly after Azimio la Umoja's Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the race.

Kingi will take over from Kenneth Lusaka who was elected as the Bungoma Governor in the recently concluded General election.

On Thursday, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka dropped out of the Senate Speaker race.

"Kalonzo Musyoka has withdrawn his candidature for the Office of the Speaker of the Senate," the senate said in a tweet.

The act prompted Azimio affiliated Senators to walk out of the chamber, calling for the suspension of the exercise.  

Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye refused to listen to the appeal made by Azimio senators.

They said nominated senators were not given the opportunity to apply for deputy speaker.

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