Amina Abdalla, a former member of parliament ( Photo Courtesy).
Amina Abdalla, a former Nominated MP, is remarkably one of Kenya's longest-serving lawmakers despite having never won an election in her more than 20 years in politics. Amina was a KANU nominee for Parliament in 2002, and because of her political ties, she would spend the following 15 years as a Nominated MP in the National Assembly.
She entered electoral politics for the first time in 2013 when she ran for the Mvita MP seat but lost to Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir of the ODM. However, when she was selected to serve a third consecutive term in Parliament, President Uhuru Kenyatta would come to her aid.
She competed for the Mombasa Women Representative position in 2017 five years later but was defeated by ODM's Asha Mohammed Hussein. She was not, however, nominated for Parliament this time. She did, however, become a commissioner with the Parliamentary Service Commission, where she held a strong role in the government.
She reentered the contest for the Mombasa Women Representative slot in 2022, eager to return to Parliament. She lost to Zamzam Mohammed of the ODM. Could this be the end of the tumultuous political career of the former MP after three failed attempts to win an election? Or will she attempt one last time in 2027?.
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