Despite drawing millions of shillings in salary and allowances three North Rift MPs have been listed among 10 MPs of the 12th parliament who have never spoken on the floor of August house, according to Hansard reports.
Vocal Kapseret Member of parliament Oscar Sudi and his counterparts Alex Kosgey (Emgwen), Charles Kamuren (Baringo South) has been listed among legislators who have never uttered a single word in the 12th parliament.
In a new report that focuses on the period between September 2017 and December 2018, William Cheptumo (Baringo North) , William Kipkemboi ( Marakwet West) and Robert Pukose (Endebess) are three North Rift MPs ranked among the best performing legislators in 2018.
The report, released Sunday by Mzalendo Trust, ranked Uasin gishu Women Representative Gladys Boss Shollei among five best performing Women Representatives in Kenya.
Lilian Tomitom (West Pokot), Jane Chebaibai (Elgeyo Marakwet) were ranked among 5 out of 47 silent Women Representatives.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) was ranked the best performing senator while his Baringo counterpart Gideon Moi ranked last among all senators in the number of times he has articulated issues in the House.
Vocal Nandi senator Samson Cherargei was ranked among the performing young legislators.
Ironically, most of the silent MPs during Parliamentary sessions, are the most vocal politicians outside Parliament, Caroline Gaita, Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust – a parliamentary monitoring organisation, told a local media.
“The Country faced many challenges in the period under review and this begs the question why some members of parliament, including those from areas affected say by floods, drought and insecurity would not raise the issues in the house.”
Mzalendo Trust, which operates the website www.mzalendo.com, is a parliamentary monitoring organisation that has been releasing a scorecard highlighting the performance of MPs since 2014.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the trend was shameful:
“It is so sad that some MPs have never made attempts to speak in the House. They should know that they were elected or nominated to represent their constituents and push for their interests in parliament.”