Langata Constituency

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Lang'ata
constituency
for the Parliament of Kenya
Current constituency
Created 1963
Party Orange Democratic Movement
MP Joash Olum

Lang'ata Constituency is an electoral constituency in Nairobi County, Kenya. It consists of southern and southwestern areas of Nairobi. Langata constituency has common boundaries with Kibera Division of Nairobi. The entire constituency is located within Nairobi County. The constituency has an area of 223 km². It was known as Nairobi South Constituency at the 1963 elections but since 1969 elections it has been known as Langata Constituency.

Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, borders Langata constituency, and was part of it before the creation of Kibra Constituency by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.[1]

The affluent suburb of Karen and the mainly middle class Langata suburb are part of Langata Constituency, along with the Nairobi National Park and Lang'ata Barracks, which housed the King's African Rifles during British colonial rule.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Lang'ata Constituency is represented by Joash Olum, following the Kenyan general election of 2013. Before this, the constituency was represented in Parliament by Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya, from 1992 to 2013. The first Langata MP Joseph Murumbi served as a Vice-President of Kenya from 1966 to 1967. Former Langata MP Philip Leakey was the first white Kenyan MP.

Another noteworthy former Langata MP is Mwangi Mathai, the former husband of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai.

Elections MP [2] Party Notes
1963 Joseph Murumbi KANU
1969 Yunis Ali KANU One-party system
1974 Mwangi Mathai KANU One-party system
1979 Philip Leakey KANU One-party system
1983 Philip Leakey KANU One-party system.
1988 Philip Leakey KANU One-party system.
1992 Raila Odinga Ford-Kenya
1997 Raila Odinga NDP
2002 Raila Odinga NARC / LDP
2007 Raila Odinga ODM
2013 Joash Olum ODM

Wards[edit]

Lang'ata Constituency is divided into five wards, each of which elects a representative to the Nairobi County Assembly.

Ward Area (km²) Population
Karen 48 24,507
Nairobi West 6.9 33,377
Mugumoini 126.4 47,037
South C 15.1 47,202
Nyayo Highrise 0.4 24,191
Total 196.8 176,314
2009 census.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IEBC notably alters Ligale proposals". www.capitalfm.co.ke. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Center for Multiparty Democracy: Politics and Paliamenterians in Kenya 1944-2007
  3. ^ mudavadi2013.com

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