Kitayama, Robi two Migori MPs who never spoke in parliament in 2020- Mzalendo Report

Kuria West MP Mathias Robi (R) and his Kuria East counterpart Marwa Kitayama at Kehancha town on October 14 during presidential jubilee campaign rally

By MN Reporter

The two Kuria MPs in Migori county never uttered a word in the parliament in 2020 with just 13 months to the August 2022 General Election.

Kuria East MP Marwa Kitayama and his Kuria West counterpart Mathias Robi are among 31 MPs and three senators silent leaders according to a 2020 Parliamentary Scorecard released by Mzalendo Trust.

The leaders instead have been vocal outside the august House allied to Deputy President William Ruto.

Others who are mum include Abdi Shurie (Balambala), Alfred Sambu (Webuye East), George Aladwa (Makadara), Gideon Konchellah (Kilgoris), Imran Okoth (Kibra), Oscar Sudi (Kipseret) and Rose Museo (Makueni) stood out for their loud silence.

Woman Reps Jane Chebaibai (Elgeyo Marakwet), Jane Njiru (Embu), Anab Gure (Garissa), Irene Kasalu (Kitui), Amina Gedow (Mandera), Asha Mohammed (Mombasa), Lilian Tomitom (West Pokot) and Janet Teyiaa (Kajiado) are also in the list.

The report says some of the fiercest defenders of the Deputy President such as Sudi, Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Patrick Munene (Chuka/Igambang’ombe), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), George Kariuki (Ndia) and ANC member Alfred Sambu (Webuye East) did not make any contribution in the plenary last year.

Raila diehards Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central), Aladwa, Okoth (Kibra), Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), Bady Twalib (Jomvu), Aduma Owuor (Nyakach) and Lokiru Ali Mohamed (Turkana East) did not also contribute on the floor last year, the report says.

MPs Ernest Kivai (Vihiga), Maalim Kulow (Banisa), Said Haribae (Galole), and Maina Kamanda (Nominated) did not speak on the floor of the House last year.

Those who failed to register in the Senate plenary Hansard in 2020 were Gideon Moi (Baringo), Victor Prengei (Nominated) and Phillip Mpaayei (Kajiado).

Mzalendo Trust Executive Director Caroline Gaita said Covid-19 pandemic triggered unprecedented disruptions to the hitherto normal operations and sitting arrangements.

“These challenges, including in performance, are not unique to Kenya but are consistent with the challenges that faced legislatures across the globe as they sought to adjust their sittings, operations and resources to respond to the pandemic,” said Gaita.