Adan Keynan: Kenya's Longest Serving MP in 13th Parliament

  • Adan Keynan successfully defended his Eldas Constituency seat for the fifth time in an exercise that was marred by protests and confusion during the vote counting process.

    This makes him the longest serving Member of Parliament in the incoming 13th Parliament.

    Keynan defended his seat on a Jubilee Party ticket, flooring his main competitor Ahmed Boray Arale of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

    The Legislator took to his social media account to thank his supporters for entrusting him with the leadership mantle once again.

    Eldas MP Adan Keynan in a past media briefing at Parliament buildings.
    Eldas MP Adan Keynan in a past media briefing at Parliament buildings.

    "Alhamdullilah! Thank you so much my good people of Eldas Constituency. I dedicate this victory to you for your most resounding and decisive support. It is now over. Let us all unite and make Eldas great," Keynan stated.

    Keynan is known as a kingmaker in Wajir county and was named by Azimio flag bearer, Raila Odinga, in May this year to lead his campaigns in the North Eastern region. The region comprises Wajir, Garissa and Mandera counties. 

    He first got into Parliament in 1997 after he vied as the MP for Wajir West constituency on a Safina party ticket before decamping to KANU in 2007.

    In the 2013 elections, he joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) under the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and won the Eldas parliamentary seat under the new constitutional dispensation. 

    According to the National Assembly portal, Keynan has held a seat in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) for three parliamentary terms, serving as its Vice Chairman between 2011 and 2012.

    Keynan also served as a member of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Parliamentarians for Global Action and Parliamentarians Against Corruption, and an Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees. He is also a former member of the Kenya National Audit Commission.

    He was Chairman of the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee during the Tenth Parliament. In the Eleventh Parliament he chaired the Public Investment Committee where he also investigated and audited state expenditure including at the defunct Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited.

    The 56-year-old has received various awards including First Class - Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) (2013) by the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, in recognition of his distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the nation.

    He also received Spirit of Detroit Award in Michigan State, (USA) (1999) in recognition of exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life.

    He also won an award as a Member of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), and an award in the Role of Legislatures in Economic Governance, Washington DC, (USA) (1999).

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    Members of Parliament during a session in the 12th Parliament.