3 March 2014

Kenya: A Third of Kenyan MPs Contributed Less Than 10 Times to Parliamentary Debate in 2013

An analysis of data on parliamentary debate over the March - December 2013 period shows a third of Kenya's MPs contributed less than 10 times to debate in Parliament according to Mzalendo's Parliamentarians Debate Participation report.

The Parliamentarians Debate Participation report is compiled by Mzalendo.com based on the official Hansard contributions published by Parliament after each sitting.

The Mzalendo report is an indictment on MPs performance given that participation in House debate is a key metric in ensuring that MPs fulfill their overall responsibility of representation, oversight and legislation.

On the other hand, about a third of the Senators dominated debate in the Senate with each speaking in the house over 100 times. In terms of the coalitions' performance, the Jubilee coalition led the pack in contributions in both the National Assembly and the Senate, taking advantage of its size of representation in Parliament.

The Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale emerged as the most active contributor to debate in the National Assembly with Hon Amina Abdalla as the leading woman legislator. In the Senate, Senators Kembi Gitura and Elizabeth Ongoro emerged the best debators based on the number of contributions tallied.

Most of the leading debators in both Houses were seasoned legislators but a few new legislators held their own. These included: Honourables Tom Kajwang, Priscilla Nyokabi, Johnson Sakaja, Moses Cheboi and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

Every MP and Senator's contribution to the Hansard shows under their profile on Mzalendo portal and the website's managers hope Kenyans will visit their MPs and Senators records to see their overall performance over the period, identify the issues they contributed to and also assess the quality of the contributions put forward.

The actual data is available at via this two links: here as well as here. The Mzalendo website seeks to promote greater public voice and enhance public participation in politics by providing relevant information about the National Assembly and Senate's activities.

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