Kenya is divided into 47 counties, which are geographical units referred to as counties.
In order to safeguard the interests of the counties and their administrations, the Kenyan Constitution, which was approved in a referendum in 2010, established the position of Senator.
Each county must have a senator to represent them in the Senate assembly; therefore, the country has 47 elected senators for each county and an additional 12 nominated individuals to the Senate.
The law allows major political parties to nominate their ideal candidates to the Senate with the lion’s share allocated to the party or coalition with the highest number of elected members.
Currently, the ruling coalition, Kenya Kwanza, has a total of 7 while the opposition, the Azimio coalition, has 5 nominated senators.
The Country’s Poorest Senators
Many Kenyans assume that all politicians are wealthy due to the large amounts of money they use during the campaign period.
However, you will be surprised to find out that some elected or nominated senators have managed to attain their position in the Senate even though they are not rich.
Here are some of the current serving senators who are not very wealthy.
Senator Miraj Abdillahi Abdulrahman
The Kenya Kwanza coalition nominated her under the UDA party into the Senate.
She is a newcomer to the political scene since, before her nomination, she had not occupied any other high-ranking government position.
According to the official Parliament and Senate website, she only served as a Liason Officer at Buxton Point Limited for a year (from 2020 to 2021).
Compared to other senators, her educational background is basic since she has no diploma, degree, or master’s degree.
She attended Bondeni Primary School from 1999 to 2006 and later went to Coast Girls High school from 2007 to 2010.
Senator Methu John Muhia
He is an elected member of the Senate assembly representing Nyandarua County under the UDA party.
It is essential to note that he is the youngest among the current serving senators in the country.
In 2017, he tried his luck by vying for the senatorial position but lost.
However, luck was on his side in the last general election since he managed to defeat his opponents, including the county’s former Senator Mwangi Githiomi.
According to the official Parliament and Senate website, the Senator’s employment history states that he served as the personal secretary to Nyandarua’s county speaker from 2018 to 2022.