These Kenyan politicians are proof that family ties still dictate the next crop of political leaders

7 Kenyan leaders who gained political seats through family ties

She will succeed her late husband, Moses Nyenze, who died late last year following a long battle with colon cancer.

Her triumph sees her join a league of politicians who have taken over parliamentary seats owing to close family ties.

Business Insider SSA takes a look at a number of other leaders who have been part of this trend that still dictates the next crop of political leaders in Kenya:

Eugene Wamalwa

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa made his Parliament debut following the demise of his elder brother, Michael Kijana Wamalwa.

The late Wamalwa died in 2003 at a London hospital prompting a by-election which Eugene lost to NARC's Davies Wafula Nakitare.

He however clinched the seat in the 2007 elections under a Ford Kenya ticket.

Jayne Kihara

The late Paul Kihara served as Naivasha MP till February 2003 when he died in a South African Hospital after an extended sickness.

A by-election was held and his spouse, Jayne Kihara, emerged the winner.

William Mirugi Kariuki

In April 2006, Nakuru City MP Mirugi Kariuki died in a aircraft crash in Marsabit.

His demise occasioned a by- election within the constituency, which his son, William Mirugi Kariuki, emerged victorious.

Joyce Laboso

Joyce Laboso was elected to the Parliament of Kenya to represent the Sotik Constituency in a by-election held on September 25, 2008. She succeeded her sister, Lorna Laboso, who died in a plane crash.

Mutula Kilonzo Jr

Senator Mutula junior is the son of Mutula Kilonzo, the previous senator for Makueni who died on April 27, 2013. He succeeded his father by gaining the Makueni senatorial seat in a by-election.

Moses Kajwang'

When outspoken Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang' died of a heart attack in 2015, voters didn't wrestle a lot to select his successor.

His youthful brother Moses Kajwang won the by-election to succeed him.

Edith Nyenze

Edith Vethi Mwanzia Nyenze, widow of the late Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze, was on Tuesday declared winner of the seat by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

She will succeed her late husband who passed on late last year after a long battle with colon cancer.

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