Nominated: Uhuru’s sister misses out as Mbadi, Sabina and Karen Nyamu join Parliament
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister Kristina Pratt who was on the Jubilee Party list has missed out on a nomination in the Senate as the party secured just one slot. Key beneficiaries include ODM Chairman John Mbadi, Nairobi politician Karen Nyamu, former Narok Woman Rep Soipan Tuya, and her former counterpart for Muranga Sabina Chege.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC has gazetted nominated members of the National Assembly in accordance with Articles 88 (5) and 90 of the constitution, a day before the swearing-in ceremony.
President-elect William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance has received the majority of nominees, getting six in the National Assembly and 11 seats in the Senate. ODM has 4 nomination seats with Jubilee and Wiper getting a single slot each.
Former minority whip in the national assembly John Mbadi, and former Murang’a County women representative Sabina Chege have been nominated by ODM and Jubilee Party respectively to the National Assembly.
Jackson Kipkemoi Kosgei (Persons with Disability) Teresia Wanjiru Mwangi (Youth), Abdisirat Khalif Ali ( male marginalized), Dorothy Muthoni Ikiara, Joseph Wainaina Iraya, and Suleka Hulbale Harun are UDA nominees in the National Assembly.
The Orange Democratic Movement has nominated Irene Nyakerario Mayaka, and Umulkher Harun Mohamed (Youth) as Joseph Hamisi Denar receives Amani National Congress’ single nomination seat.
Wiper Democratic Party has received one nomination slot reserved with an interim court order restraining the Commission from allocating it.
UDA’s Secretary General Veronica Maina is among the party’s nominees to Senate alongside socialite Karen Nyamu and Roselinda Soipan Tuya, Miraj Abdillahi Abdulrahman, Gloria Magoma Orwob, Joyce Chepkoech Korir, Nyamu Karen Njeri, Peris Pesi Tobiko, Mariam Sheikh Omar and Maureen Tabitha Mutinda.
Catherine Muyeka Mumma, Beatrice Akinyi Oyomo, Hamida Ali Kibwana, Betty Batuli Montet, Beth Kalunda Syengo, and Margaret Jepkoech Kamar are ODM’s choices for Senate.
Jubilee Party has nominated Margaret Jepkoech Kamar while Wiper Democratic Movement has nominated its Secretary General Shakila Abdalla Mohamed.
Crystal Kagehi Asige, Orange Democratic Movement, and George Mungai Mbugua, UDA, will represent people living with disabilities in the Senate.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) leads on the numbers with 143 of the 349 seats in the National Assembly which translates to 42.2 per cent of the entire House. Raila Odinga’s ODM comes second with 89 MPs (25.7 per cent) followed by Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party with 28 (8 per cent) and Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper with 26 (7.4 per cent).
Ruto’s UDA will hold a slim majority in both houses with 143 and 32 in Senate.