Senate of Kenya

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The Senate
12th Parliament
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Type
Type
History
Founded 2013
New session started
31 August 2017 (2017-08-31)
Leadership
Speaker
Ken Lusaka, Jubilee
Since 31 August 2017[1]
Deputy Speaker
Kembi Gitura, Jubilee
Since 28 March 2013
Majority Leader
Kipchumba Murkomen, Jubilee
Since 31 August 2017[2]
Minority Leader
Moses Wetangula, CORD
Since 16 October 2013
Majority Whip
Susan Kihika, Jubilee
Since August 31, 2017[2]
Structure
Seats 67
Political groups
Government (38)[3]
     Jubilee (24)
     Other Parties (14)
[3]Opposition(28)[3]
     National Super Alliance (28)[3]
Political groups
Independent (1)    
[3]
Length of term
5 years
Elections
47 First Past the Post, 20 co-opted, 1 ex-officio
Last election
8 August 2017
Meeting place
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Parliament Buildings,[4] Nairobi, Kenya
Website
Official website
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The Senate is the upper house of the Parliament of Kenya. The Senate was first established as part of Kenya's 1963 Constitution. After being abolished in 1966, the Senate was re-established by the 2010 Constitution.

First Senate, 1963–1966[edit]

Kenya's 1963 Constitution established a Senate that consisted of 41 senators elected for six years, with one-third of the members retiring every two years. Timothy Chokwe served as the first speaker of the Senate.[5] The Senate was abolished in 1966, when its membership was combined with that of the House of Representatives to form a unicameral legislature, the National Assembly.

Modern Senate, 2013–present[edit]

The 2013 Kenya Senate elections took place on 4 March 2013.[6] Under the new constitution, which was passed during the 2010 referendum, the 2013 general election was the first to include the election of Senators representing the 47 newly created counties. They were also the first general elections run by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). According to their share of elected seats, the political parties nominated an additional 16 women. Additional nominations were made for two members representing the youth and two members representing persons with disabilities.The Speaker, who is an ex officio member, was elected by the Senators sworn in on the first sitting of the Senate.

Powers[edit]

  • Empowered to represent the interests of the counties and their governments
  • Participates in law-making by considering, debating and approving bills concerning counties
  • Determines allocation of national revenue among counties.
  • Has powers of impeachment over President, Deputy President, County Governor, and Deputy Governors

Members of the Senate Between 2013 and 2017[edit]

The Senate consists of 47 members directly elected by their counties, 16 women nominated by the political parties according to their relative strength in the Senate elections, two members to represent the youth, and two members to represent persons with disabilities.

Elected Senators[edit]

County No County Name Name Party Coalition
1 Mombasa Hassan Omar WDM-K CORD
2 Kwale Boy Juma Boy ODM CORD
3 Kilifi Stewart Madzayo ODM CORD
4 Tana-River Ali Bule FPK CORD
5 Lamu Abu Chiaba TNA Jubilee
6 Taita-Taveta Dan Mwazo ODM CORD
7 Garissa Yusuf Haji TNA Jubilee
8 Wajir Abdirahman Ali ODM CORD
9 Mandera Billow Kerow URP Jubilee
10 Marsabit Godana Hargura ODM CORD
11 Isiolo Mohammed Kuti URP Jubilee
12 Meru Kiraitu Murungi APK Jubilee
13 Tharaka Nithi Kithure Kindiki TNA Jubilee
14 Embu Lenny Kivuti APK Jubilee
15 Kitui David Musila WDM-K CORD
16 Machakos Johnstone Muthama WDM-K CORD
17 Makueni Mutula Kilonzo, Jr. WDM-K CORD
18 Nyandarua Muriuki Karue TNA Jubilee
19 Nyeri Mutahi Kagwe NARC Jubilee
20 Kirinyaga Daniel Karaba TNA Jubilee
21 Murang'a Kembi Gitura TNA Jubilee
22 Kiambu Paul Kimani TNA Jubilee
23 Turkana John Munyes FORD-KENYA CORD
24 West-Pokot John Lonyangapuo KANU Amani
25 Samburu Sammy Leshore URP Jubilee
26 Trans-Nzoia Henry Ndiema FORD-KENYA CORD
27 Uasin-Gishu Isaac Melly URP Jubilee
28 Elgeyo-Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen URP Jubilee
29 Nandi Stephen Sang URP Jubilee
30 Baringo Gideon Moi KANU Amani
31 Laikipia Geoffrey Gitahi Kariuki TNA Jubilee
32 Nakuru Susan Kihika TNA Jubilee
33 Narok Stephen Kanyinge ole Ntutu URP Jubilee
34 Kajiado Peter Mositet TNA Jubilee
35 Kericho Charles Keter URP Jubilee
36 Bomet Wilson Lessan URP Jubilee
37 Kakamega Bonny Khalwale UDF Amani
38 Vihiga George Khaniri UDF Amani
39 Bungoma Moses Wetangula FORD-KENYA CORD
40 Busia Amos Wako ODM CORD
41 Siaya James Orengo ODM CORD
42 Kisumu Peter Anyang' Nyong'o ODM CORD
43 Homa Bay Moses Kajwang ODM CORD
44 Migori Wilfred Machage ODM CORD
45 Kisii Chris Obure ODM CORD
46 Nyamira Kennedy Mong'are Okong'o FORD-KENYA CORD
47 Nairobi Gideon Mbuvi TNA Jubilee

Women members nominated to Senate[edit]

# Name Party
1 Beatrice Elachi APK
2 Catherine Mukite Nobwola FORD-KENYA
3 Janet Ongera ODM
4 Elizabeth Ongoro Masha ODM
5 Halima Abdille Mohamud ODM
6 Agnes Nzani (Dr.) ODM
7 Beth Wambui Mugo TNA
8 Emma Mbura Gertrude TNA
9 Naisula Lesuuda TNA
10 Joy Adhiambo Gwendo TNA
11 Martha Wangari UDF
12 Mshenga Mvita Kisasa URP
13 Chelule Liza URP
14 Dullo Fatuma Adam URP
15 Judith Achieng Sijeny WDM-K
16 Zipporah Jepchirchir Kittony KANU

Members nominated to Senate to represent youth[edit]

# Name Party
1 Kanainza Nyongesa Daisy ODM
2 Hosea Onchwangi TNA

Members nominated to Senate to represent the disabled[edit]

# Name Party
1 Ben Njoroge TNA
2 Godliver Nanjira Omondi ODM

Summary by coalition and party Between 2013 and 2017[edit]

These summaries are based on post-election coalitions as reported by the press.

Coalition Party Elected
Senators
Nominated
Senators
Total
Jubilee TNA 11 6 17
URP 9 3 12
NARC 1 1
Total 21 9 30
Amani
Jubilee-affiliated
KANU 2 1 3
UDF 2 1 3
Total 4 2 6
Jubilee-affiliated APK 2 1 3
Total 2 1 3
CORD ODM 10 6 16
FORD-KENYA 4 1 5
WDM-K 4 1 5
FPK 1 1
Total 19 8 27
Vacant 1 0 1
Total 47 20 67

Committees[edit]

References[edit]

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