Kenya

Senate

Political system
Presidential system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament of Kenya
Chamber name
Senate
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1977
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
African Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the Senate
Speaker
Amason Jeffah Kingi (Male)
Date of birth: 26 Sep 1973
Term
08 Sep 2022
Additional information

Elected on 8 Sep. 2022.

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Jeremiah M. Nyegenye (Male)
Term
No information available

Members

Statutory number of members
68

Notes:

Other:

- 16 women members nominated by political parties according to their proportion of members in the Senate

- 2 members (one man and one woman) representing youth (aged between 18 and 34 years old)

- 2 members (one man and one woman) representing persons with disabilities

- The Speaker (ex officio member)

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
47
Other members
21
Current number of members
67
Men
46
Women
21
Percentage of women
31.3%
Statutory number of members per country 
418
Population (in thousands)
53,006
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
126,809

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
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Youngest member
Esther Anyieni (Female)
Youngest member (years)
31
Number of members, by age (2022-09)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 6 5 12 14 7 1 0 0 45
Female 0 0 6 3 0 9 3 0 0 0 21
Totals per age interval 0 0 12 8 12 23 10 1 0 0 66
Total <= 45: 20 Total >= 46: 46
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
18.2% 9% 9.1%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
30.3% 17% 13.6%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
Yes
Women
16
Youth
2
Persons with disabilities
2
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes: The Constitution provides that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that no more than two thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.

Sources: Constitution, art. 27 (8), 98 (1) (b-d)

Youth quota
Yes

Notes: Reserved seat. The Constitution reserves two seats in the Senate for persons, each of either gender, representing youth under 35 years of age.

Sources: Articles 90 and 98(1)(c) of the Constitution, Sections 34 to 37 of the Elections Act (No. 24 of 2011).

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No