National Assembly (Kenya)

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National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya
12th Parliament
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Preceded byLegislative Council of Kenya
Justin Muturi, Jubilee
since 28 March 2013
Deputy Speaker
Moses Cheboi, Jubilee
since 31 August 2017[1]
Majority Leader
Amos Kimunya, Jubilee
since 22 July 2020
Minority Leader
John Mbadi, NASA
since 8 August 2017
Majority Whip
Emmanuel Wangwe, Jubilee
since 2 June 2020[2]
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Political groups
Government (172)
  Jubilee Party (172)
Opposition (176)
  National Super Alliance (125)
  Other parties and independents (51)
Vacant (1)[3]
Last election
8 August 2017
Meeting place
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Parliament buildings, Nairobi, Kenya
Official website

The National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya is the lower house of the Parliament of Kenya. Between 1966 and 2013, it served as a unicameral house. In 2013 (11th Parliament), it became the lower house when the Senate was reestablished.

It has a total of 349 seats: 290 elected from the constituencies, 47 women elected from the counties and 12 nominated representatives. The Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya serves as an ex officio member.

The High Court of Kenya ordered lawmakers to introduce gender quotas, or face dissolution in the mid-2010s, following the implementation of the 2010 Constitution.[4]


Entrance to the Parliament Buildings, Nairobi
Parliament buildings, Nairobi

House Keeping committees

  • House Business Committee: creates Parliamentary calendar; schedules committee business; issues directives and guidelines to prioritise or postpone any business of the House.
  • Procedure & House Rules Committee: proposes rules for the orderly and effective conduct of committee business.
  • Liaison Committee: guides and co-ordinates the operations, policies and mandates of all committees.
  • Committee on Selection: nominates members to serve in committees.
  • Committee on Members Services & Facilities.

Investigatory Committees

  • Public Accounts Committee: responsible for the examination of the accounts showing the appropriations of the sum voted by the House to meet the public expenditure and of such other accounts
  • Public Investments Committee: examines the reports and accounts of public investments

Special Funds Accounts Committee: examines the reports and accounts of national Funds except the National Governments Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF)

Departmental committees:

  • Defence and Foreign Relations Committee: Defence, intelligence, foreign relations diplomatic and consular services, international boundaries, international relations, agreements, treaties and conventions
  • Administration and National Security Committee: National security, police services, home affairs, public administration, public service, prisons, immigration and the management of natural disasters, community service orders
  • Agriculture & Livestock Committee: Agriculture, livestock, irrigation, fisheries development, co-operatives development, production and marketing
  • Environment and Natural Resources Committee: Matters relating to climate change, environment management and conservation, forestry, water resource management, wildlife, mining and natural resources, pollution and waste management
  • Education & Research Committee: Education, training, research and technological advancement
  • Energy Committee: Fossil fuels exploration, Development, production, maintenance and regulation of energy, communication, information, broadcasting and Information Communications Technology (ICT) development and management
  • Finance and Planning: Public finance, monetary policies, public debt, financial institutions, investment and divestiture policies, pricing policies, banking, insurance, population, revenue policies, planning, national development, trade, tourism promotion and management, commerce and industry
  • Health Committee: Matters related to health, medical care and health insurance
  • Justice and Legal Affairs Committee: Constitutional affairs, the administration of law and justice, including the Judiciary, public prosecutions, elections, ethics, integrity and anti-corruption and human rights
  • Labour and Social Welfare Committee: Labour, trade union relations, manpower or human resource planning, gender, culture and social welfare, youth, National Youth Service children’s welfare; national heritage, betting, lotteries and sports
  • Lands Committee: Matters related to lands and settlement
  • Transport, Public Works and Housing Committee: Transport, roads, public works, construction and maintenance of roads, rails and buildings, air, seaports and housing
  • Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Committee
  • Communication, Information and Innovation Committee

Other Select committees:

  • Budget and Appropriations Committee: investigates, inquires into and reports on all matters related to co-ordination, control and monitoring of the national budget; examines the Budget Policy Statement; examines bills related to the national budget, specifically the Appropriations Bill, the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, the Division of Revenue Bill and the County Allocation of Revenue Bill
  • Committee on Implementation: responsible for scrutinising the resolutions of the House (including adopted committee reports), petitions and the undertakings given by the National Executive
  • Committee on Delegated Legislation: delegates on statutory instruments submitted to the Assembly
  • Committee on Regional Integration: examine the records of all the relevant debates and resolutions of the meetings of the East African Legislative Assembly; inquires into and examines any other matter relating to regional integration generally requiring action by the House
  • Committee on Appointments:
  • National Government Constituency Development Fund Committee
  • Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee
  • Pensions Committee
  • Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity
  • Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library Committee

Coalition and party summary

See also, Kenya National Assembly elections, 2013. For a list of current members, see 12th Parliament of Kenya#Members

Prior to the 2013 elections, the Jubilee Alliance consisted of The National Alliance, United Republican Party, and the National Rainbow Coalition. After the results were announced, Jubilee made post-election agreements with the New Ford Kenya, Alliance Party of Kenya, Chama Cha Uzalendo, People's Democratic Party, Ford People, Kenya African National Union, and United Democratic Forum.[5][6] Reports indicate that two independents, NARC-Kenya, and one member of the Federal Party of Kenya also agreed to work with Jubilee.[7]

(Members between 2013 and 2017)

Coalition Party Constituency
Women County
Jubilee TNA 72 14 3 89
URP 62 10 3 75
UDF 11 1 12
KANU 6 6
NFK 4 2 6
APK 5 5
FORD-P 4 4
NARC 3 3
CCU 2 2
Independent 2 2
FPK 1 1
NARC-Kenya 1 1
PDP 1 1
Total 174 26 7 207
CORD ODM 78 15 3 96
WDM-K 18 6 1 25
FPK 2 2
MP 1 1
TIP 1 1
Total 110 21 5 136
Eagle KNC 2 2
Total 2 0 0 2
Unaffiliated Independent 1 1
MDP 1 1
Total 2 0 0 2
Vacant 2 0 0 2
Total 290 47 12 349

See also



  1. ^ "Muturi re-elected national assembly speaker".
  2. ^ Githae, Wanjohi (31 August 2017). "Kenya: Jubilee Pointmen Lusaka and Tuju Set for Key Posts". Archived from the original on 21 April 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2017 – via AllAfrica.
  3. ^ "List of Members of the National Assembly by Party" (PDF). Kenyan Parliament. 10 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Kenya court orders parliament to pass gender quota". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ " Kenya: NARC's Kagwe to Be Senate Leader". Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Mudavadi's UDF inks deal with Uhuru". Capital News. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Uhuru woos small parties to join Jubilee". Retrieved 16 November 2014.

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