Your Excellency the Deputy Governor, Hon. Members of the Second Assembly, Political Party Representatives, Press, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
In the first place I thank the Almighty God for the great favour He has reposed in me. I thank the entire leadership of my party including the Party Leader and MCAs for their support. I also have to thank the staff for guiding the House up to this time. Their priceless guidance will be valued in future.
It is a great honour to be elected as Speaker of this Honourable House. I see my presence here as a home coming albeit with a greater responsibility. I am grateful to all who reposed resounding trust in me to make this possible. I pray to the Almighty God that I shall successfully travel the path pursued by men and women of goodwill in this Great County of Kisumu.
I wish to congratulate Hon. Members for winning your seats. It is a unique opportunity to serve our Dear County. I look forward to maximizing the opportunity for every member to contribute. I trust the experienced will mentor the new members.
I encourage new entrants to prepare and present statements on any issue of interest. Apply the question time well. Your brilliant visibility will affect your re-election.
I want to remind the new members that the highly procedural nature of the assembly calls for equally high level of commitment to the rules and procedures of the institution. Serious learning will therefore have to be undertaken to sharpen your competencies in order to function optimally.
The promotion of good governance requires an assembly that can effectively perform the three cordial functions of representation, oversight regarding the executive and law making. Our ability to control public expenditure will be good service to our people.
Kisumu residents everywhere are looking up to the County Assembly and the Executive for the solutions to the problems that confront them on daily basis. It cannot be business as usual. This Asembly is for the people of Kisumu and they want us to be honest, accountable and responsive to their needs. I ask for cooperation from all and sundry to make our stewardship a success.