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History as 43 Muslim MPs elected to serve in the twelfth parliament

By Mbarak Abucheri:

Garissa Township MP and Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale (right) together with Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta during a press briefing at Harambee House, Nairobi on August 14, 2017.

In the just concluded general elections, history was made after forty three Muslim aspirants were among the 290 legislators elected to represent their constituents in the twelfth parliament.

In addition, aspirants from the Muslim community were elected as Senators to represent the interests of their counties in the Senate.

The figure of those elected as MPs is same as the one witnessed in the eleventh parliament, which was dissolved prior to the general election, held on August 8.

However the number may increase in the event that Muslims will also feature among the twelve nominated MPs to be named by political parties. Jubilee Party will  have 6 MPs followed by NASA affiliate parties sharing the remaining six seats.

The elected Muslim MPs are Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Ali Menza Mbogo (Kisauni), Muhammad Ali former investigative journalist (Nyali), Mishi Juma Mboko (Likoni), Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir (Mvita), Suleiman Dori (Msambweni), Khatib Mwashetani (Lungalunga), Kassim Tandaza (Matuga), Ali Wario Guyo (Garsen), Said Buya Hiribae (Galole), Ali Wario (Bura) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi).

Others are Shariff Athuman Ali (Lamu East), Naomi Namisi Shaban (Taveta), Aden Bare Duale (Garissa Township), Abdi Omar Shurie (Balambala), Muhammad Hire Garane (Lagdera), Muhammad Dahie Duale (Dadaab), Abdikhaim Osman (Fafi), Sofia Abdi Noor(Ijara), Ahmed Abdisalan Ibrahim (Wajir North), Rashid Kassim Amin (Wajir East), Ahmed Bashane Gaal (Tarbaj), Ahmed Kolosh Muhammad (Wajir West) and Adan Keynan Wehliye (Eldas).

Also elected are Adan Haji Yussuf (Mandera West), Kulow Maalim Hassan(Banissa), Bashir Sheikh Abdullah (Mandera North), Adan Haji Ali (Mandera South), Omar Muhammad Maalim (Mandera East), Abdi Mude Ibrahim (Lafey), Qalicha Gufu Wario (Moyale), Dido Ali Raso (Saku),  Hassan Ode Hulufo (Isiolo North), Abdi Koropu Tepo (Isiolo South), Mohammed Ali Lokiru (Turkana East), Junet Muhammad Sheikh Nuh (Suna East), Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), Amin Deddy Muhammad Ali (Laikipia East), Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu East) and Abdul Rahim Dawud (Imenti North).

While Muslim MPs in the last parliament were from the traditional Muslim dominated areas of Coast, North Eastern and Upper Eastern regions, this time round two MPs from Rift valley region made it to the August House. The two are Amin Deddy Muhammad Ali (Laikipia East) and Mohammed Ali Lokiru (Turkana East).

Also elected were eight Muslim Governors and nine Senators respectively. The elected governors are Hassan Ali Joho (Mombasa), Ali Ibrahim Roba (Mandera), Mohamud Muhammad Ali (Marsabit), Salim Mvurya Mgala (Kwale), Muhammad Abdi Mahamud (Wajir), Fahim Yasin Twaha(Lamu), Muhammad Kuti (Isiolo) and Ali Bunow Korane (Garissa).

Elected Senators are Muhammad Yusuf Haji (Garissa), Dullo Fatuma Adan (Isiolo), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale), Muhammad Faki Mwinyihaji (Mombasa), Hassan Abdalla Albeity (Lamu), Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali (Wajir), Muhammad Maalim Mahamud (Mandera), Golicha Juma Wario (Tana River) and Godana Hargura (Marsabit)

The number of Muslim senators is expected to rise with the nominations to be made by political parties.

In the Women Representatives’ positions eight Muslim women were elected to serve in the twelfth parliament from the Muslim dominated areas.

The elected Muslim women are Asha Hussein Muhammad (Mombasa), Zuleikha Juma Hassan (Kwale), Anab Muhammad Gure (Garissa), Rehema Dida Jaldesa (Isiolo), Amina Gedo Hassan (Mandera) Rehema Hassan (Tana River), Safia Sheikh Adan (Marsabit) and Fatuma Gedi Ali (Wajir).

The names of Governors, Senators and Women Representatives elected during the August 8 elections have already been gazetted in the Kenya Gazette dated August 18.

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