Truth About Adan Keynan Resigning As MP

It was also claimed that he had quit his role owing to his deteriorating health.

Truth About Adan Keynan Resigning As MP
Eldas MP Adan Keynan speaking during a past parliamentary meeting. /NMG

Eldas Member of Parliament, Adan Keynan, has dismissed reports claiming that he resigned on Friday, January 6 from his position.

A letter to National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula that circulated widely on social media platforms alleged that Keynan stepped down as MP owing to the continued communal hostilities within his constituency.

It was also claimed that he had quit his role owing to his deteriorating health.

"After much thought and with deep regret I'm pleased to inform you that I have made the difficult decision to resign as a Member of Parliament for Eldas with immediate effect. This decision has been necessitated by continued hostilities among different clans in my constituency; requests from the elders and my deteriorating health.

Adan Keynan during a past address. /THE STAR

"These factors put together have made discharging of my duties tedious and involving which requires more energy, agility and movement. Indeed, it has been a privilege to work with your office the office of the Jubilee Party(under Azimio Coalition) and all my fellow Members of Parliament since I was elected," read the letter in part.

The letter also claimed that Keynan would "forever remain steadfast in fighting for the betterment of the lives of the people of Eldas and the Kenyans as a whole as I seek an alternative path of engagement."

A response from Keynan's team seen by Viral Tea however flagged the letter as fake.

"My attention has been drawn to a widespread FAKE letter with unfounded and patchy information circulating on social media by purveyors of deceit and misleaders.

"I wish to notify members of the public to consider the letter FAKE and disregard the baseless details as I seek to bring the matter to the attention of relevant investigative agencies to swiftly act and pursue the matter to its ultimate end," Keynan subsequently stated on Facebook

The lawmaker has not indicated any plans to resign due to the above-mentioned factors, with his last tweet showing him congratulating UDA candidate Dekow Mohamed for winning the Garissa Township by-elections.

Dekow garnered 11,572 votes, ensuring that the President William Ruto-led party retained the seat, vacated by Aden Duale who took up a role as Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS).

Keynan served Wajir West from 1997 to 2002, and then from 2007 to 2013. He then moved to Eldas constituency which was curved from Wajir West.

He served as Eldas MP in the 11th Parliament and he was then re-elected to serve the same constituency in the 12th parliament. He represented the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party until 2017 when he switched to the Jubilee Party.

The lawmaker was again re-elected on the Jubilee ticket in the 2022 Elections. He is now serving the 6th Term thus attaining the longest-serving MP in the 13th Parliament of Kenya.

An image of a joint Senate and National Assembly in Parliament. /FILE