Qualifications for election as Member of Parliament in Kenya

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If you want to become a member of parliament in Kenya, the first thing to do is look for money. Your account should have at least Ksh 5 million. There are constituencies which will require more than Ksh 20 million to campaign. To be save, set aside Ksh 30 million for campaigns.

Another qualification is to have at least 2 personal cars. They should be 4-wheel drive cars that will traverse the entire constituency.

The last major qualification is to have at least undergraduate degree.

According to the constitution, below are qualification for one to become a member of parliament in Kenya:

1) Unless disqualified under clause (2), a person is eligible for election as a member of Parliament if the person

(a) is registered as a voter;
(b) satisfies any educational, moral and ethical requirements prescribed by this Constitution or by an Act of Parliament; and
(c) is nominated by a political party, or is an independent candidate who is supported–

(i) in the case of election to the National Assembly, by at least one thousand registered voters in the constituency; or
(ii) in the case of election to the Senate, by at least two thousand registered voters in the county.

(2) A person is disqualified from being elected a member of Parliament if the person–

(a) is a State officer or other public officer, other than a member of Parliament;
(b) has, at any time within the five years immediately preceding the date of election, held office as a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission;
(c) has not been a citizen of Kenya for at least the ten years immediately preceding the date of election;
(d) is a member of a county assembly;
(e) is of unsound mind;
(f) is an undischarged bankrupt;
(g) is subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months, as at the date of registration as a candidate, or at the date of election; or
(h) is found, in accordance with any law, to have misused or abused a State office or public office or in any way to have contravened Chapter Six.

(3) A person is not disqualified under clause (2) unless all possibility of appeal or review of the relevant sentence or decision has been exhausted.

The monthly salary of an MP is Ksh 1.2 million.If you add mileage and other allowances,an MP takes home more than Ksh 1.5 million every month.

The MP also manages CDF funds. They can make money from these funds.

An MP will be elected when he is poor but after 5 years,he is worth over Ksh 200 million yet his salary is Ksh 1.2 million.