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Karen Nyamu lands lucrative Senate role

By Winnie Mabel October 19th, 2022 2 min read

Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu was on October 19, 2022, elected the Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee on National Security, Defense, and Foreign Relations.

The politician made the announcement on her socials and thanked those who voted for her.

“It is indeed a huge honor to be elected…This is an indication of the trust my fellow Committee members have in my ability to serve in this capacity over and above my role as a Senator,” said Nyamu in her statement.

According to the National Assembly’s official website, the Standing Committee on National Security and Foreign Relations works to consider all matters related to regional integration, national security and foreign relations, international relations, agreements, treaties and conventions.

Standing Order 216 (4) and (5) mandates the Committee to oversight Ministries and Departments including Defense, Foreign Affairs, East African Community and Regional Development, and the National Intelligence Service.

Ms Nyamu will be among the decision makers on matters pertaining to Kenya’s defense, intelligence, foreign relations, diplomatic and consular services, international boundaries including territorial waters and international relations as well as agreements, treaties and conventions with other nations.

This means that, in her line of work, Ms Nyamu will be in charge of apportioning the military budget and who gets appointed as Kenyan Ambassadors, Consulars, and Commissioners to foreign countries among other duties.

A lawyer by profession, Ms Nyamu rose through the ranks after starting out her active political journey when she unsuccessfully tried to clinch the Nairobi Woman Representative seat in the 2017 polls.

She managed to secure an appointment to former governor Mike Sonko’s government as the Nairobi County Executive Committee head of the Agriculture docket. A close ally of President William Ruto, Nyamu has also hogged media headlines for her at times controversial relationship with baby daddy Samidoh, a renowned musician.

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