In 2015, 118 MPs spoke less than 20 times in the National Assembly. Two thirds of the Senators had over 50 speech counts.
“This is a dismal report given participation to debate is one of the key metrics in ensuring an MP his overall responsibility of representation, budgeting, oversight and legislation. 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 Parliamentarians roles. The high level of poverty and poor service delivery in the country does not warrant a legislator remaining silent in Parliament,” said Jessica Musila, Executive Director Mzalendo Trust. Chrisantus Wamalwa and Naomi Shaban emerged the most active contributors to debate in the National Assembly.
On the other hand, Fatuma Dullo and Mutula Kilonzo Jr. were the leading contributors in the Senate.
The most active chairpersons were: Boni Khalwale and Samuel Chepkonga in the Senate and National Assembly respectively. The Parliamentarians debate report card is compiled by Mzalendo.com based on the official Hansard contributions published by Parliament after each sitting.
Topics highly debated in 2015 include: Education, Health, Corruption, Devolution, Special Interests (Youth, Women & People with disabilities), Political Parties, Agriculture, Access to Justice, Security, Gender, Infrastructure, Land, Tax & Revenue, Culture, Sports, Human Rights, Marriage, Environment, Mining and Business.
Sources: citizentv, ALSO HERE