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Senators vow to assert superiority over National Assembly

Incoming senators have vowed to end the power struggle between it and the National Assembly. Baringo Senator-elect Gideon Moi said they learned a lot from the previous Senate and will work to ensure the House is respected. “We have new members and we will work together on how we can ensure that both the Senate and the National Assembly work harmoniously,” he said. Outgoing Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro said the previous Senate has completed the first phase which was to lay the foundation and establish structures. “The second phase is now to make this House what it was originally meant to be, a truly Upper House,” he said during the induction of the newly elected senators. Moi, who also spoke on the sidelines of their orientation, said the primary focus of the incoming Senate will be to push for allocation of more resources to the counties. “We have had transfer of duties from the national level to counties but resources do not match those responsibilities,” he said. And as Kenya’s third Senate holds its first sitting today, 32 newcomers will be taking their oath of office as 15 former senators retained their seats. Out of the 47, Jubilee has the majority with 28 senators, followed by NASA with 19. The new senators include Ephraim Maina (Nyeri), Steve Ltumbesi (Samburu), Johnes Mwaruma(Tiata Taveta), Juma Wario (Tana River), Michael Malinga (Trans Nzoia), Charles Imana (Turkana), Margaret Kamar (Uasin gISHU), Ibrahim Ali (Wajir), Samuel Poghisio (West Pokot), Andrew langat (Bomet), Philip Mpaayi (Kajiado), Cleopas Malala(Kakamega), Sam Ongeri (Kisii), Fred Outa (Kisumu) and Issa Juma Boy (Kwale). Others are John Ndiritu (Laikipia), Anuar Loitiptip (Lamu), Mutinda kabak (Machakos), Mohammed Maalim (Mandera), Mithikia Linturi (Meru), Ben Oluoch (Migori), Irungu Kangata(Murang’a), Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Samson charakey (Nandi), Ledama Ole Kina (Narok), Okong’o Omogeni (Nyamira), Paul Mwangi (Nyandarua), Njeru Ndwiga (Embu), Fatuma Dhulo (Isiolo) and Mohammed Faki (Mombasa). Jubilee has nominated 11 members while NASA has nine nominees.

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