Nominated Jubilee Senator Isaac Mwaura has become the third person to quit the race to replace Prof Kithure Kindiki as Senate Deputy Speaker.
In a statement to newsrooms on Tuesday morning, Senator Mwaura said that he withdrew his candidature since Jubilee Party has already endorsed Uasin Gishu member, Prof. Margaret Kamar.
“Now that the Jubilee Party has endorsed Prof Margaret Kamar as its candidate for Deputy Speaker, I have come to a very difficult decision to withdraw my candidature. My bid to run for the second most important position in the Senate was inspired by the desire to ensure that the youth and persons with disabilities get represented in the top leadership of parliament. That I was the youngest of the 5 aspirants, and being a second term member, having served both in the National Assembly and Senate, I believed that I had what it takes to preside over the house of Senate, independently, impartially and with sobriety,” said Mwaura.
On Monday, Kilifi’s Stewart Madzayo also withdrew his candidature citing wide consultations with his party officials and colleagues.
“Mt. Kenya region has lost both the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Majority Deputy Whip positions and it is my hope that this shall be put into consideration in future parliamentary leadership and other positions,” said Mwaura on Tuesday.