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Former Speaker Makes Surprise Move That Has Elicited Reactions Days After being Selected By Raila

Many people were taken aback when the name of the former speaker of the national assembly, Hon. Kenneth Marende, was included in the proclamations made by the former prime minister Raila Odinga regarding his August line up should he win the presidency of the country. Raila Odinga made these proclamations during his campaign for the presidency of the country.

Raila Odinga has made a promise that may be contingent on him winning the general elections in 2019: he has promised that the former speaker will be appointed to be the nominee for senate speaker by the Azimio la umoja One Kenya coalition party. This promise may be contingent on Raila Odinga winning the general elections in 2019.

And now, Marende has come forward to declare a significant change in direction with regard to the objectives that he had first set. It has been reported in the media that he would no longer be running for governor of Vihiga county on a DAP-K Party ticket. This news comes as a result of his decision to withdraw from the race. It had been planned that he would run for this position in the past.

A story that was published in The Standard titled "Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende Drops Vihiga Governor Bid After Raila Promises to Front Him for Senate Speaker Seat; He Was Running on DAP Party Ticket" describes how Marende decided to withdraw his candidacy for the position of governor of Vihiga.

Former national assembly speaker Hon Kenneth Marende in a past photo.

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