Nakuru County Senator-elect Susan Kihika could be the next Senate Deputy Speaker.
The no no-nonsense Kihika who garnered the highest number of votes in Nakuru County at the recently concluded general elections comes with a wealth of experience. Having been a speaker at the Nakuru County Assembly, the photogenic Senator is a clear frontrunner in the race.
Hon Susan Kihika will be facing it off with Murang’a Senator-elect Irungu Kang’ata and Kiambu Senator-elect Kimani Wamatangi. The Nairobi Senator-elect Hon. Johnson Sakaja who had previously expressed interest in the race has withdrawn to support Ken Lusaka in his bid for being the Senate Speaker.
Being one of the only three ladies elected to the Kenyan senate, Kihika stands a higher than an average chance of bagging the seat.
“With all signs showing that the Senate Speaker will be male, there is a huge chance that Kihika being a woman will get the seat. But besides that, Kihika has proven to be an able and articulate person who can ably steer the Senate business,” said a Nakuru resident.
If successful, Senator Susan Kihika will be deputizing either former Speaker Ekwe Ethuro who is defending his seat or any of the other six leaders who have expressed interest in the seat. The others are Farah Maalim, Dr James Gesami, former Bungoma County Governor Ken Lusaka, Paul Gichuki Ribathi, Govind Gorasia and Dr Wilfred Machage.
Hon. Ekwe Ethuro was deputised by Dr Joyce Laboso in the previous house. Dr Laboso is now the Governor of Bomet after trouncing former Governor and chair of the Council of Governors (COG) Isaac Ruto. Isaac Ruto is also the chairman of the Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) Party.
The Jubilee Party has the majority of senators in the house and whoever gets the support of the party is expected to carry the day both as Speaker and Deputy Speaker.