Mzalendo Trust reveals best, worst performers in Parliament in 2015

Thursday March 10 2016

The Senate in session. A report has named Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Nominated Senator Hosea Ochwangi as the worst performers in Parliament in 2015. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Senate in session. A report has named Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and nominated Senator Hosea Ochwangi as the worst performers in Parliament in 2015. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CAROLINE WAFULA
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Siaya, Kakamega and Homa Bay counties produced the most active MPs in Parliament in 2015, a new report indicates.

The least active lawmakers came from Lamu, Tana River and Kwale, according to the Mzalendo Trust report showing the performance of members of the Senate and the National Assembly last year.

The most active committee chairmen were also named in the report: Dr Boni Khalwale (Public Accounts Committee) in the Senate and Mr Samuel Chepkonga (Justice and Legal Affairs Committee) in the National Assembly.

Following Dr Khalwale among top-performing committee chairmen in the Senate were Mr Kipchumba Murkomen of the Devolved Governance Committee and Mr Daniel Karaba of the Education Committee.

In the National Assembly, Mr Nicholas Gumbo (Public Accounts), Mr Benjamin Langat (Finance Planning and Trade), Ms Amina Abdalla (Environment and Natural Resources) and Mr Adan Keynan (Public Investments) were among the top five performers in the ranking of committee chairmen.

According to Mzalendo Trust, the findings reveal a continuing trend in which a third of the MPs hardly contribute anything of substance to debates in Parliament.

'DISMAL' PERFORMANCE

Mzalendo Trust called the performance of MPs in the year dismissal overall. It explained that it created the parliamentary responsibility index to help illustrate which MPs are the most effective in representing their counties.

"Although the number of speech counts in plenary discussions is not indicative of the quality of input, it could allude to low capacity to exercise their parliamentarian rol