The County Assemblies Forum (CAF) is the coordinating body of the 47 County Assemblies in Kenya. CAF seeks to institutionalize the law making, representation and oversight capacities for the County Assemblies in Kenya and form linkages with other arms of government. The primary mandate of CAF is to promote networking and synergy amongst the 47 Assemblies, coordinate intergovernmental relations and enhance good practice in legislative development.

The objective of CAF is among other things to promote  the  objects  and  principles  of  devolution  as  recognized  in  the Constitution of Kenya  through legislation, representation and oversight at the county level and  to act as a coordinating body for County Assemblies and facilitate capacity building, undertake research  and  policy  advocacy  to  enable  members effectively discharge their constitutional mandate.

Constitutional reforms

The membership of the County Assemblies Forum, being ALL Members of the 47 County Assemblies in the Republic of Kenya (MCAs) desired an inclusive institution that represented all their diverse interests. In this clamour, in a Governing Council meeting that sat in October 2018, a motion was moved to begin the process of amending the constitution. An ad-hoc Committee was then formed, cutting across the 8 CAF Clusters, which began a review of its Constitution in November, 2018 in a very consultative and inclusive process. The Ad Hoc Committee engaged various cadres and chapters of CAF Membership gathering their views and inputs into the revision.

The Revised Constitution was adopted during a Special General Assembly meeting held on 17th April, 2019 at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu. At the core of the constitutional reforms, is equitable representation, which could be achieved through Elections.

The CAF Elections

After adoption of the constitution, a committee to develop the Elections Rules and Regulations was formed to pave way for the beginning of implementation of the constitution and provide a road map for elections of the new CAF officials and the Executive Committee. The elections are conducted under the ambit of the Governing Council through universal suffrage.

The Governing Council

It is comprised of three members per County Assembly, and representatives of the Chapters of CAF. CAF Chapters are formed from the different cadres of Assembly Leadership and the representatives of Special Interest Groups in County Assemblies. All the 47 County Assemblies elected two MCAs, who together with the Speaker form the Governing Council. Further, all the Chapters of CAF elected a representative to the CAF Governing Council.

The Governing Council is the policy making body of CAF and its functions include: electing officials of the Forum and members of the Executive Committee; approve the annual budget of the Forum; and performing oversight over the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee as provided in the amended constitution comprise the Seven (7) officials of the Forum ( The Chaiperson, Deputy Chairperson, the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General, the Treasure, the Organizing Secretary and the Deputy Organizing Secretary), sixteen (16) members elected from each of the 8 clusters with each cluster represented by two members, and One (1) representative of the Clerks of County Assemblies as an ex-officio member.

The Governing Council is expected to elect officials of CAF and an Executive Committee which shall be responsible for the management of the affairs of the Forum, on Friday, 26th July, 2019 at Laico Regency Hotel. MCAs shall cast ballots between 9:00am and 2:00pm and thereafter the votes shall be tallied and the winners announced.

Candidates for Positions of CAF Officials

The following Honourable Members met the requirements to vie and be elected as officials of CAF and are the candidates in the upcoming elections scheduled for 26th July, 2019:

Chairperson

  1. Douglas Mbilu – Speaker, Makueni County Assembly
  2. Ndegwa Wahome – Speaker, Nyandarua County Assembly

Deputy Chairperson

  1. Florence Mwangangi – Speaker, Machakos County Assembly
  2. Hasna Mudeizi – Speaker, Vihiga County Assembly

Secretary General

  1. Kipkurui S. Chepkwony – Member, Nandi County Assembly
  2. Davins O. Onuso – Member, Kisii County Assembly

Deputy Secretary General

  1. Rebah Wabwile – Member, Bungoma County Assembly

Treasurer

  1. Ahmed I. Abass – Speaker, Garissa County Assembly
  2. Sammy Ruwa – Speaker, Kwale County Assembly

Organising Secretary

  1. Florence Oile – Member, Migori County Assembly

Deputy Organising Secretary

  1. Adamson Lanyasunya – Member, Samburu County Assembly

As only one candidate was nominated in each of the positions of the Organizing Secretary, the Deputy Organizing Secretary & the Deputy Secretary General, they were declared as elected to the respective offices. Voting shall therefore be conducted for the positions of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary General and Treasurer.

Every official elect shall then be issued with a certificate as evidence of their election. Thereafter, each of the CAF Clusters shall elect their respective representatives to the Executive Committee.

The following candidates won.

The following Honorable Members won the elections.

Chairperson

  1.  Ndegwa Wahome – Speaker, Nyandarua County Assembly

Deputy Chairperson

  1. Florence Mwangangi – Speaker, Machakos County Assembly

Secretary General

  1. Kipkurui S. Chepkwony – Member, Nandi County Assembly

Deputy Secretary General

  1. Rebah Wabwile – Member, Bungoma County Assembly

Treasurer

  1. Ahmed I. Abass – Speaker, Garissa County Assembly

Organising Secretary

  1. Florence Oile – Member, Migori County Assembly

Deputy Organising Secretary

  1. Adamson Lanyasunya – Member, Samburu County Assembly