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Kalonzo son, Raila daughter in Arusha-based Assembly list

Parliament yesterday was marked with a furry of activities as MPs sought to populate their parties with qualified East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) members.

Ms Winnie Odinga (Left) and Mr Kennedy Musyoka (Right) are some of the nominees to EALA. Winnie is daughter of ODM leader Raila Odinga while Kennedy is son to Wiper leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. Kenya is required to sent nine representatives to the Arusha-based parliament.  Among those to be sent are five members for Kenya Kwanza and four for Azimio-OKA coalition./Courtesy

In total, there are nine slots up for grabs with five being set aside for Kenya Kwanza, the ruling coalition while Azimio-Oka coalition will get four.

Among the prominent names in the final shortlist presented for consideration was Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka's son Kennedy Musyoka and ODM leader Raila Odinga's daughter Winnie Odinga.

The regional Parliament sits in Arusha, Tanzania.

Since both Kenya Kwanza and Azimio presented more names than required, President William Ruto's party and the Opposition is presented with a new headache to settle on the names to represent Kenya in the regional Parliament.

Those picked to serve in the said posts should adhere to qualifications such as reflecting a regional balance and satisfy gender provision.

Earlier, most of those disqualified from candidature in the Arusha-based Legislative Assembly lacked at least the requisite 1000 signatures from their constituencies or 2000 signatures from their counties to demonstrate a backing from local residents.

Majority Leader of the National Assembly Kimani Ichung'wa and his Minority counterpart Opiyo Wandayi gave clerks 27 names who will fight for the nine available positions.

The Clerk of the National Assembly Samuel Njoroge and his Senate counterpart Jeremiah Nyegenye served as presiding officers during the selection that concluded on November 9 at 4pm.


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