The leader of the Wiper party, Kalonzo Musyoka, has withdrawn from consideration for speaker of the National Assembly or Senate.
Newsdesk reports that Kalonzo withdrew his bid because the National Executive Council of his party stated it would be embarrassing.
The Wiper council met on Tuesday at the party’s headquarters and persuaded their party’s leader to withdraw his candidacy and concentrate on establishing his brand.
Given that the majority of them have defected to Kenya Kwanza, the majority of MPs think the odds are against the Azimio One Kenya coalition.
When the 13th parliament convenes on Thursday, both coalitions have scheduled parliamentary group meetings.
The first order of business will be to elect the speakers of both houses after the induction of the members.
Kalonzo was one of the 15 people who had chosen nomination forms for the position of Senate speaker so far.
In what appeared to be a multiple wager for the Azimio principal, the former vice president also filed paperwork for the position of speaker of the National Assembly.
As of Tuesday at 2:45 p.m., Hassan Omar, a past contender for governor of Mombasa, and Amason Kingi, a former governor of Kilifi, were also collecting documents.
The campaign wouldn’t take shape, though, until it was known who among them would have returned the papers by the deadline of Wednesday at 2 PM.
Returning nomination forms will also be examined to make sure candidates fit the requirements to run for a high-level office.
Ken Lusaka, who won the August election for Bungoma governor, will be replaced as Senate speaker by the new speaker.