Amason Jeffah Kingi of Kenya Kwanza is the third speaker of the Senate to be elected after the 2010 Constitution went into effect.
On Thursday, September 8th, an election was held in the Senate Chambers, and Kingi won with 46 votes.
After the head of the Wiper Party, Kalonzo Musyoka, withdrew from the race, the former governor of Kilifi County was guaranteed to win.
According to the Standing Orders, all of the senators (those who were elected and those who were nominated) had to take an oath of office before they could vote on who would serve as speaker. A secret ballot was used in the election.
The William Ruto-led alliance holds a majority in the Senate with 37 out of 67 senators, including 26 elected (including UDM senators) and 11 nominated senators. The Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party leader rode on this majority.
George Bush, Isaac Aluochier Polo, George Njoroge Kuria, Beatrice Kathomi, and Fredrick Karuri Muchiri were among the contenders.
On September 7, both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza convened parliamentary group meetings with elected leaders to strategize ahead of the crucial elections.