Speaker of The Senate
Honourable Kenneth Makelo was elected Speaker of The Senate on 31st August 2017. Prior to his election, he served as the first Governor of Bungoma County on the 4th of March 2013. Subsequently, he was elected the first Secretary of The Council of Governors which brings together All the Forty Seven County Governors of Kenya. He also chaired The ICT committee of the Council and was instrumental in laying a firm foundation for harmonious relationship between the Council and the Media in the Country. During his tenure, Bungoma was ranked number two nationally in terms of performance.
Hon. Senator Kenneth Makelo Lusaka was born on 18th September 1963. He attended Kamukuywa primary school where he sat for his Certificate of Primary Education. He joined Kibabii High School for his “O” Levels before proceeding to Friends’ School Kamusinga for his “A” Levels. He joined Nairobi University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Government and History, Second Class Honours upper Division. Hon. Lusaka would later join Europe’s leading centre for development studies, The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague for a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy and Administration. ISS boasts over 11,000 former students in more than 150 countries and has a strong, worldwide network of professionals in development. His Thesis “Managing Decentralisation”, in hindsight prepared him effectively to serve in devolved governance.
A career Civil Servant, Lusaka’s first appointment was as a District Officer in Keumbu, Kisii, which was a very large Division then. He rose through the ranks to become a Personal Assistant to the Provincial Commissioner Rift Valley before being appointed District Commissioner in the expansive Kajiado District. He would be later posted to Marakwet where insecurity posed by cattle rustling was rife. His last field posting in Murang’a was not any better.
Hon. Lusaka became the first Secretary Provincial Administration when the post was created and was appointed Permanent Secretary for Livestock Development in 2009. Under his watch, the ministry has made several milestones key of which was the move from position 43 to 12 under the Government’s Performance Contracting ranking. The Ministry did away with outdated legislation and passed key Bills such as The National Livestock Policy.
His tenure also saw the revival of the Kenya Meat Commission and the creation of two new Parastatals the Leather Development Council (LDC) and The Kenya Animal Genetic Research Centre.
A Successful administrator, Lusaka has continuously demonstrated his ability to mobilize communities to take action in key issues affecting several facets of society. He is innovative; articulate and able to draw attention to pertinent issues affecting the people he has led. He possesses well-honed political instincts and timing, strategically choosing when to lobby, when to use advocacy and when to apply the rule of the law in discharging his duties across the Republic where he has served in dire straits.
As a champion of Devolution- having served as a pioneer Governor- his tenure in Senate is expected to further the Senate's mandate to protect Devolution.