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Roles and functions of elected leaders in Kenya

The Roles and Functions of Elected Leaders

The President:

  • Is the Head of State and National Government;
  • Is the Commander-In-Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces;
  • Is the Chairperson of the National Security Council;
  • Is a symbol of national unity;
  • Safeguards the sovereignty of the Republic;
  • Promotes and enhances the unity of the Nation;
  • Promotes respect for the diversity of the people and
  • communities of Kenya;
  • Ensures the protection of human rights, fundamental freedoms
  • and the rule of law; and
  • Chairs Cabinet meetings.

The role of Member of National Assembly and County Woman Member of the National Assembly

  • Represents the people of the Constituencies and the Special groups in the National Assembly;
  • Deliberates on and resolves issues of concern to the people;
  • Makes national laws;
  • Decides on the allocation of national revenue between the levels of Government and other national state organs
  • Oversees state organs, national revenue and its expenditure;
  • Reviews the conduct of the President, the Deputy President and
  • other State officers and may initiate the process of removing them from office.


Roles of the Senator

  • Safeguards the interests of the Counties in legislation;
  • Protects the interest of the County Governments;
  • Makes laws for the County Governments;
  • Decides the allocation of revenue among counties;
  • Oversees national revenue allocated to the County Government;
  • Participates in the oversight of the state offices;
  • Has a final vote (impeachment) of the President or Deputy President from office


Role of the County Governor

  • Provides leadership in County’s governance and development;
  • Provides leadership to the County Executive Committee and administration based on the County policies and plans;
  • Promotes democracy, good governance, unity and cohesion within the County;
  • Promotes peace and order within the County;
  • Promotes the competitiveness of the County;
  • Be accountable for the management and use of the County resources;
  • Promotes and facilitates citizen participation in the development of policies and plans, and delivery of services in the County.

Role of the Member of County Assembly

  • Maintains close contact with the electorate and consults them on issues before or under discussion in the county assembly;
  • Presents views, opinions and proposals of the electorate to the county assembly;
  • Attends sessions of the County Assembly and its committees;
  • Provides a linkage between the County Assembly and the electorate on public service delivery;
  • Extends professional knowledge, experience or specialized knowledge to any issue for discussion in the county assembly.

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