The Kirinyaga County Assembly has started the process of picking a new speaker following the resignation of David Wachira Githanda in July.

In a notice published in the Kenya Gazette Friday, the clerk of the county assembly Mr Kamau Aidi invited qualified persons interested in replacing Mr Githanda to submit their nomination papers for election.

The candidates are required to have submitted their documents before December 31. Kariti Ward Representative Joel Wagura has been the acting speaker of the assembly that has 20 elected and 13 nominated MCAs.

In his resignation, Mr Githanda cited personal reasons in the notice he addressed to Governor Anne Kamotho. He also indicated that he wanted to concentrate with his Nairobi-based law firm.

The recruitment comes two months after a voter, who had moved to court seeking to overturn Mr Githanda’s resignation withdrew the petition.

The petitioner, Mr Francis Waweru Muchiri, had argued that Mr Githanda’s decision to leave the office was against the constitution, though he later dropped the case.

The speaker’s resignation last week helped 12 elected Members of the County Assembly, who had been removed as chairpersons of various House committees, reclaim their seats through a legal technicality.

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