Profile: Adan Keynan Wehliye, MP for Eldas Constituency

Born in 1968 in Wajir County, Adan Keynan Wehliye is the longest serving member of Kenya’s National Assembly from northeastern Kenya.

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

Keynan, as he is popularly known, served as Eldas MP in the 11th parliament and he was then re-elected to serve the same constituency in 12th parliament.

He attended Rhamu Primary School in Mandera County from 1978 to 1985 when he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

From 1986 to 1989, he was a student at Wajir High School and Garbatula High School.

Keynan holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree from Moi University and a Master of Arts (Public Administration) degree from the same institution.

He is a recipient of Spirit of Detroit Award in Michigan State, USA, (1999) in recognition of exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life.

He is also a recipient of an award in the Role of Legislatures in Economic Governance, Washington DC, USA, (1999).

Keynan is known as a “king maker” in Wajir politics. In 2013 he brought little known Ahmed Abdullahi to battle senior politician Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as the governor of Wajir County.