Lamu West MP Stanley Muthama named among least performing MPs

Lamu West MP Stanely Muthama at a past media briefing PHOTO COURTESY

Lamu West MP Stanely Muthama is the only MP from the coast region who has appeared in the list of MPs who have never uttered a single word in parliament as his counterparts table and debate motions affecting their constituents.

This is despite his marginalized constituency lacking a proper road network and rate of narcotic drug use being among the highest in the country.

According to the annual parliamentary scorecard for the third session of the 12th parliament released by the Mzalendo trust, a parliamentary monitoring group, 21 MPs did not utter a single word during the third session of the 12th parliament.

Among the popular MPs who appeared on the list include Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Nakuru town west MP Samuel Arama.

In contrast, Lamu women rep Ruweida Obbo was named among the best performers among women legislators.

Obbo who made headlines last week after spending the night in a power station to protest a three-week power blackout was named alongside the Suba North MP Millie Adhiambo and Ijara MP Sophia Noor.

Nominated senator Christine Zawadi Gona has also appeared in the list of the senators who have not spoken in parliament.

According to the Mzalendo trust executive director Caroline Gaita, the MPs who didn’t speak in parliament, technically made no contribution to the 116 Bills, 679 questions, 174 motions and 175 statutory instruments that were discussed in the National Assembly in 2019.

“It is a violation of Articles 94, 95 and 96 of the Constitution,” she said citing the need to safeguard the independence of Parliament in the wake of the diminished role of the opposition.

MPs from Kwale and Tana River were among those who averagely scored lowest in the scorecard with the counterparts from Bungoma, Transzoia, Bungoma, and West Pokot scoring among the highest.