List of Kenya’s National Assembly Speakers Since Independence

Kenya has had a total of 8 national assembly speakers since its independence. The National assembly is the lower house of the Kenyan parliament after the 2010 constitution which proposed the formation of the senate assembly, which is the upper house of parliament.

However, the national assembly retains its position as the most recognized house of legislators, and its speaker remains the third in command in the country.

Today, we look at the list of Kenyan leaders who have been lucky to occupy the central role of the speaker in the national assembly.

Kenya’s National Assembly Speakers Since Independence

1. Sir Humphrey Slade

Slade EBS (1905 – August 10, 1983) was a Kenyan politician and lawyer. From 1967 to 1970, he was the first Speaker of the National Assembly. Slade had previously held the same position in the House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967, as well as in the Legislative Council prior to independence from 1960 to 1963.

2. Frederick Mbiti Mati

Mati succeeded Slade and worked in the second, third, fourth, and fifth legislatures. Prior to Kenya’s independence in 1963, he was the Minister of Health and Housing in the grand coalition.

Mati was also a member of Kenya’s Legislative Council from 1961 to 1970, and the first MP for Kitui North, now Kitui County, from 1963 to his election as Speaker in 1970.

3. Moses Kiprono

Kiprono became the third Speaker, serving in the sixth Parliament from April 12 to May 1991. Between 1962 and 1967, Keino studied at the Hochschule fur Oekonomie in Karlhorst, East Berlin, Germany, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics.

He was also a Member of Parliament for Kericho East on a KANU ticket for 15 years (1969 – 1983).

4. Kimetet arap Ng’eno

Ng’eno presided over a portion of the sixth Parliament and served in the seventh. His long race to become Speaker began after he served in various capacities in the Cabinet.

He took the helm at a time when the country was actively campaigning for multiparty democracy, which caused the establishment a headache.

5. Francis Ole Kaparo

Kaparo served as the Speaker in the 7th, 8th, and 9th congresses from January 26, 2008. His gift of gab endeared him to many, and his command of standing orders was so impressive that he rarely alluded to th