In Summary
  • The holder of the position also determines the allocation of national revenue among counties.
  • Dr Hamisi Omar Babusa, a lecturer, argues that the senatorial post has been perceived as lacking “power and budget to control”.

The race for Tana River senate seat has been described variously as a “lacklustre and unimpressive” contest, compared to the other elective positions.

A number of key leaders from the region with a wealth of experience have given the position a wide berth.

Locals too, appear disinterested in who their next Senator would be.

DISCOURSE
They rarely talk about the Senatorial contest in their informal gatherings in villages, but readily engage in debates over who would be the region’s next governor, MP, woman and ward representative.

This is despite the fact that a senator represents the county and is directly charged with protecting the interests of the devolved units and their governments.

OVERSIGHT
The holder of the position also determines the allocation of national revenue among counties and exercises oversight over use of the same.

Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana and Dr Abdi Nuh, who chaired the Counties Assembly Forum, had initially been expected to contest the seat.

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