A new report by Mzalendo Trust has revealed the scorecard for Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators for the year 2020.
According to the report, 2020 saw the number of mute MPs and Senators increase from 21 to 31 and one to three respectively.
Mute lawmakers refer to MPs and Senators who never made any contribution in the plenary last year.
It is worth noting that some of the MPs who never spoke in Parliament in 2020 are the most vocal outside the house, and are always on the frontline defending their party leaders.
Below is the list of MPs who never spoke in Parliament in 2020:
• Abdi Shurie (Balambala)
• Alfred Sambu (Webuye East)
• George Aladwa (Makadara)
• Gideon Konchellah (Kilgoris)
• Imran Okoth (Kibra)
• Oscar Sudi (Kapseret)
• Rose Museo (Makueni)
• Jane Chebaibai (Elgeyo Marakwet County)
• Jane Njiru (Embu County)
• Anab Gure (Garissa County)
• Irene Kasalu (Kitui County)
• Amina Gedow (Mandera County)
• Asha Mohammed (Mombasa County)
• Lilian Tomitom (West Pokot County)
• Janet Teyiaa (Kajiado County)
• Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango)
• Mathias Robi (Kuria West)
• Patrick Munene (Chuka/Igambang’ombe)
• Charles Gimose (Hamisi)
• George Kariuki (Ndia)
• Marwa Kitayama (Kuria East)
• Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central)
• Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South)
• Bady Twalib (Jomvu)
• Aduma Owuor (Nyakach)
• Lokiru Ali Mohamed (Turkana East)
• Ernest Kivai (Vihiga)
• Maalim Kulow (Banisa)
• Said Haribae (Galole)
• Maina Kamanda (Nominated)
List of Senators who did not make contributions in 2020:
• Gideon Moi (Baringo)
• Victor Prengei (Nominated)
• Phillip Mpaayei (Kajiado)
Top Performing MPs in Parliament in 2020
• Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu)
• Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East)
• Millie Odhiambo (Suba North)
• Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini)
• Sabina Chege (Murang’a)
• David Sankok (Nominated
Top performing Senators in 2020:
• Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi)
• Samson Cherargei (Nandi)
• Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma)
• Ledama ole Kina (Narok),
• Farhiya Ali Haji (Nominated)
• Getrude Musuruve (Nominated)
According to Mzalendo Trust Executive Director Caroline Gaita, the 2020 Parliamentary session was affected by Covid-19, therefore affecting the scorecard. However, she noted that disruption was not unique to Kenya as the pandemic was worldwide.
“These challenges, including in performance, are not unique to Kenya but are consistent with the challenges that faced legislatures across the globe as they sought to adjust their sittings, operations, and resources to respond to the pandemic.
“The scorecard is based on every member’s (National Assembly and Senate) contribution as captured by the Hansard and is aimed at increasing legislative transparency while providing citizens an opportunity for public participation and tracking of their members’ performance,” Gaita said as quoted by a local daily.