By Wanja Waweru
The list of 287 people who have been shortlisted for nomination to the fifth session of the East African Legislative Assembly is dominated by members of Kenya’s well-known political dynasties and defeated candidates for the House of Representatives (Eala).
The list has former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s younger sister Christina Pratt, Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s daughter Winnie Odinga, Kanu chairman Gideon Moi and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s son Kennedy Musyoka.
After being chosen in 2017, Mr. Musyoka wants to run again for the regional assembly in Arusha. Dr. Oburu Oginga, Mr. Odinga’s older brother, represented Kenya in the Eala session that just ended before running for and winning the Siaya senate seat on August 9.
Clerk of the National Assembly Samuel Njoroge and his Senate counterpart Jeremiah Nyegenye presented the 287 names to the National Assembly Leader of Majority Kimani Ichung’wah and Leader of Minority Opiyo Wandayi.
The names were sieved from the 348 Kenyans who applied for the nine slots that Kenya is entitled to, just like the other East Africa Community (EAC) member states Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.