Four alumni of St. Lawrence University, Canton, were elected members of Kenyas new National Assembly last week.
Kenneth Okoth, class of 2001, and Lati Lelelit, class of 2004, each won their first elected post in the Kenyan government. Mr. Okoth will represent the Kibra constituency, an urban neighborhood in the capital city of Nairobi. Mr. Lelelit will represent the Samburu West constituency, a rural area in northern Kenya that includes the site of Naibor Keju, home base for the former Samburu field component of the St. Lawrence Kenya Semester Program.
Francis Chachu Ganya, class of 1996, and Joseph Lekuton, class of 1991, have been re-elected and will continue to represent the rural northern Kenyan constituencies of North Horr and Laisamis.
The alumni are part of a long-standing connection between St. Lawrence and East Africa. Since 1974, St. Lawrence has operated the KSP, one of the longest running U.S.-based study abroad programs in Africa.
The program has sent more than 2,000 students to study in East Africa and provided opportunities for Kenyan students to attend St. Lawrence.