NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – The swearing-in of Senators is currently underway at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre with members individually taking the oath of office.
The historic ceremony for the country’s Senate is being presided over by the Clerk of the Senate, Jeremiah Nyegenye.
Laikipia County Senator Kariuki Godfrey Gitahi was the first to take the oath.
He was followed by Chris Obure, the Kisii county Senator who served in the coalition government as a Cabinet Minister.
Former Attorney General Amos Wako who is the Senator for Busia was the third to be sworn in.
Others who have taken the oath of office include James Orengo of Siaya, Abu Chiaba of Lamu, Juma Boy Juma from Kwale and Anyang’ Nyong’o, the Kisumu Senator.
Former Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo also took the oath of office of senator for Makueni County and former President Daniel arap Moi son Gideon of Baringo County also took the oath.
The senators pledged to do their best in delivering effective service to Kenyans and vowed to defend the provisions outlined in the Constitution at all times.
“Having being elected a member of the senate, I do swear in the name of the almighty God that I will bear through faith and allegiance to the people of the Republic of Kenya. That I will obey respect, obey, uphold, preserve protect and defend the Constitution of Kenya and that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge the duties of a Member of Parliament so help me God,” they each affirmed.
A total of 67 Senators will be sworn in with 47 being elected and 20 nominated by political parties.
Nine members of Kenya’s independence Senate are also witnessing the ceremony.
The roles of the Kenya Senate under the Constitution will be to debate and approve county bills and further determine the allocation of national revenue to be distributed according to the counties.
It will also represent the interests of the counties at the national level and consider and determine the resolution of impeachment of the president or his deputy.
KICC will temporarily host the Senate as renovation works continue at the Old Chamber in Parliament buildings.