July 24th 2017

World / East Africa

President Kenyatta and his Deputy Ruto allies dominate list of nominees to both Houses

Ms Millicent Omanga, she of the Msupa na Works fame, also made it to the list of nominees for the Senate. Ms Omanga was defeated in her bid to be the JPs Representative in the elections for Nairobi Woman representative by Ms Rachel Shebesh.

By Derrick Kirakadkiraka@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 30 Jun 2017 17:20 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the public at Kasarani stadium during the Jubilee Party manifesto launch.

Former Cabinet Minister Beth Mugo is on the list of women nominated for the Senate from Jubilee while Bishop Kosgei, father to gospel artist Emily Kosgei is on the list of nominees for the National assembly. If nominated Ms Mugo would be serving a second-term as a nominated senator.

There are 12 seats for the National Assembly and 20 seats up for grabs in the senate, with most of those appointed being Jubilee Party (JP) losers in the party primaries.

The number of seats a party gets is dependent on the number of seats it wins in the General Elections. Jubilee losers in party primaries have been listed for possible nominations.

In a list sent to the Kenya Free Press, also included are Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire, who lost the Jubilee gubernatorial nominations to incumbent Embu Governor Martin Wambora and Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, who lost to Charles Kanyi Njagua ‘jaguar’ in the Jubilee Party primaries for the Starehe MP seat in April.

Ms Millicent Omanga, she of the Msupa na Works fame, also made it to the list of nominees for the Senate. Ms Omanga was defeated in her bid to be the JPs Representative in the elections for Nairobi Woman representative by Ms Rachel Shebesh.

People with Special interest have had a fair share of the slots, with National Council of Persons with Disability Chairman Dr David Ole Sankok making the list for those nominated for the National Assembly while Mr Isaac Mwaura, nominated MP, and Ms Joyce Moding are on the list of People with Disability representative in Parliament.

Mr Isaac Mwaura was nominated to the 11th parliament on an ODM ticket but defected to Jubilee last year. This makes four, including Bishop Kosgei, the number of people with disability on the list, with two coming in dockets not specifically designated for people with disability.

Mr Aden Noor, former JP elections board chairman has also been included in the national assembly list. No one person can represent two interest groups, while no two nominees shall be form the same county. This is to ensure diversity and equal representation across the board.

Ms Beth Mugo, who was gazetted in 2013 under the TNA Party, on which her cousin Uhuru rode to his rise to presidency. Ms Cecily Mbarire is also known to be a close friend to the President while Bishop Kosgei has close ties with the Deputy President.

The list by JP included 10 names for the National Assembly, which also had lawyer Jennifer Shamalla and Youth Senate leader Mr Gideon Keter, who is also a journalist.

The women Senate list also had 10 names, which included TNA Party’s and Kajiado Woman Representative interestingly called Ms Mary Seneta while the People with Disability docket and The Youth shared two nominees a piece.

Nakuru County Lands Management Board Chairman Prengei Victor Maritim and lawyer, who also is Chairperson of the Warembo na UhuRuto Lobby group  Ms Wambui Nyutu have been nominated to represent the Youth.

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