Report reveals best and worst performing MPs in Parliament

Despite drawing tens of millions, some have never uttered a single word in parliament

File image of legislators in the National Assembly

The latest ranking of MPs and senators based on their contribution on the floor of the house has exposed several legislators who are sleeping on their legislative roles, some of whom have never uttered even a single word on the floor of the parliament or senate.

Interestingly, Mzalendo Trust Executive Director of Caroline Gaita noted that “Some of these silent MPs in the House are the most vocal politicians outside” with reports indicating that some of the MPs are seldom seen in Parliament, so much that security team often harass them, mistaking them for strangers.

Most silent, five have never spoken on the floor of the house

Topping the list among those who are silent in Parliament are MPs are Justus Kizito (ODM, Shinyalu), Oscar Sudi (Jubilee, Kapsaret) James Wamacukuru (Jubilee, Kabete), Alfred Sambu (ANC, Webuye East), Joshua Adama (ODM, Nyakach), Samuel Arama (Jubilee, Nakuru West), Alex Kosgey (Jubilee, Emgwen) and Charles Kamuren (Jubilee, Baringo South).

Despite drawing hefty perks running into millions from tax payers, five Woman Representatives were singled out in the report among those who have never uttered a single word on the floor of the house.

They are Anab Mohamed (Garissa), Lilian Tomitom (West Pokot), Irene Kasalu (Kitui), Jane Wanjuki (Embu) and Jane Chebaibai (Elgeyo Marakwet).

Other poor contributers who have spoken less than eight times are Safia Sheikh (Marsabit), Amina Hassan (Mandera), Lydia Mizighi (Taita Taveta), Jerusha Momanyi (Nyamira) and Mombasa’s Asha Mohamed.

Best Performing MPs

While the rest appear to only warm their seats whenever they appear in parliament the reports ranks Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East), Robert Pukose (Endebess), David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Chrisantus Wamalwa (Kiminini), James Nyikal (Seme) and TJ Kajwang' of Ruaraka among the best contributors.

Others in the top 15 slots are William Cheptumo (Baringo North), David Pkosing (Pokot South), Millie Odhiambo (Suba South), Paul Koinange (Kiambaa), Benson Makali (Kitui Central), William Kipkemoi (Marakwet West) and Funyula’s Wilberforce Oundo Mudenyo.

Most active youth MPs

The current parliament has the highest number of youthful legislators in history.

Among the best performing young MPs are Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Kimilili’s Didmus Barasa.

Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West), Catherine Waruguru (Laikipia), Martha Wangari (Gilgil) and Fatuma Gedi (Wajir) top the list of best performing fema;e youth MPs.

Among Woman Representatives, Murang’a’s Sabina Chege is ranked as the most active followed by Gladys Boss Shollei (Uasin Gishu), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Ruweida Obo (Lamu), Janet Teyiaa (Kajiado), Rehema Dida (Isiolo), Christine Oduor (Siaya), Janet Ong’era (Kisii), Tecla Chebet (Nandi) and Faith Wairimu (Nyandarua).

Performance in the Senate

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja emerged the top contributor followed by Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma), Ledama Olekina (Narok), Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Ephraim Maina (Nyeri), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay), Fatuma Dullo (Isiolo), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and Kitui’s Enoch Wambua.

Among nominated senators, Abshiro Halake (Kanu), Mary Seneta (Jubilee), Getrude Musuruve (ODM), Farhiya Ali (Jubilee), Agnes Zani (ODM), Isaac Mwaura (Jubilee), Naomi Waqo (Jubilee), Naomi Shiyonga (ODM), Alice Chepkorir (Jubilee) and ANC’s Petronila Were emerged top.

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