- Senate speaker attributes bad relationship between senators and Governors as the major reasons why most senators are eying gubernatorial positions
- Ethuro says he is not intending to vie for any political seat in the forthcoming general elections
Senate speaker Ekwe Ethuro has said many senators want to be Governors after the county chiefs failed to honor a pledge to work together with senators in making devolution a success.
Speaking on Sunday 12,2017 on NTV, Ethuro said senators and Governors had agreed to have a good working relationship after the 2013 elections but Governors changed once they assumed office.
“Governors delinked themselves from the senators and therefore there is a missing link between the two hence pushing more senators to run for gubernatorial positions,” Ethuro said.
The senate speaker however said he is not worried about senators moving in their large numbers to be Governors. “There are also MPs who want to be senators and therefore it is the democratic right of each candidate to seek for a seat he wants,”
“Not all senators want to be Governors and at the same time we have MPs who are also coming to the senate,” Ethuro said.
Currently Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi and Nyando counterpart Fred Outa have declared their interest to go for Meru and Kisumu senatorial seats respectively.
Linturi seeks to replace current senator Kiraitu Murungi who has expressed interest in Meru Governors’ seat while Outa is seeking to replace senator Anyang’ Nyong’o who has set his eyes on Kisumu gubernatorial seat.
Of the 67 senators, both elected and nominated, 34 have announced they are running for other positions or retiring from active politics.
Two are running for President, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Nyamira Kennedy Mongare who was elected on a Ford-Kenya ticket.
Most Senators are aiming for governor and MPs because of the resources they control.
Janet Ongera wants to be Kisii woman representative while Nominated Senator Hosea Ochwang’i is running for MCA seat in Kisii county and Godliver Omondi for MCA in Kakamega county.
Kisii Senator Chris Obure, who recently ditched ODM for JP, will run against Governor James Ongwae, while Nairobi’s Mike Sonko wants to take on Governor Evans Kidero.
Ethuro said the ‘nyumba ya wazee’ (house of old people) tag that has been associated with the senate has made the upper house to be a chamber of sobriety compared with the National Assembly.
“I do not mind the senate being called nyumba ya wazee, the senate has the best debators and has been a house of reasoning devoid of drama,” Ethuro said.
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