MARGARET KAMAR

In Uasin Gishu, Prof Margaret Kamar, is back to active politics, in a historic way.

In 2013, she unsuccessfully vied for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat and came second after Governor Jackson Mandago.

Now, she is set to be the second senator of Uasin Gishu County after trouncing her opponents with 220,668 votes, which translates to 67 per cent of the vote.

Prof Kamar was touted as a “mature and experienced” leader by her constituents owing to the fact that she has held several high-profile positions in government.

Between 2010 and 2011, she served as the Assistant Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources before becoming the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology between 2011 and 2013.

Prior to vying for Senate, Prof Kamar was the director at the International Centre for Research in Sustainable Development.

FATUMA DULLO

The third history maker in this year’s Senate election is Isiolo’s Ms Dullo who was nominated to the Senate in 2013 by the United Republican Party (URP) but now seems set to represent the electorate as an elected lawmaker.

She trained in law at the University of Nairobi.

Ms Dullo served as a commissioner at the Kenya National Human Rights Commission between 2007 and 2012.

In a tightly contested race, Ms Dullo has outwitted her opponents – all men – and is set to become the next Senator of Isiolo.

A 2015 study by Mzalendo Trust showed Ms Dullo to be among the leading contributors in the Senate, participating in most debates.

It is also interesting to note that Ms Dullo, at the age of 22, was the first female District Officer from the Borana community.

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