NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – NASA leader Raila Odinga’s brother, Oburu Odinga, is among 14 former Members of Parliament who have picked up papers to apply to represent Kenya in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi confirmed that 75 people have so far picked the application forms after the exercise opened last week.
Only 34 applicants have submitted their duly filled application forms back to the offices of the Clerk of National Assembly and that of Senate who are the Joint Returning Officers for the nomination exercise.
The deadline for handing in the applications is this Thursday.
According to the statement released by the Speaker’s office, 42 people will be seeking the endorsement of jubilee Party, 20 are seeking ODM’s nod with Ford Kenya and Wiper each attracting 2 applicants as KANU and DP each have an applicant seeking to vie under its banner.
Seven people have indicated that they will be vying as independent candidates.
Among the big names in the applicants’ list are Moses Ole Sakuda, Danson Mungatana, Kalembe Ndile, Mpuri Aburi, Ibrahim Saney, Simon Mbugua, Dorcas Kedogo, Zipporah Kering, Mohamed Sheikh Adan,
Members of EALA Mumbi Ngaru, Joseph Kiangoi, Abdi Ogle, Nancy Abisai and Saoli ole Nkanae have also expressed an interest to extend their terms at the regional assembly.
Current sitting Members Elsie Muhanda and Musyimi Nzengu have also picked the applications form indicating that they will be seeking a fresh term.
On gender basis, out of the 75 applicants, only 15 are women.
Failure by Kenya to send her members to EALA has paralysed operations of the Assembly but the Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has promised that the names will be sent by the end of this month.