MP Explains Why He Never Speaks in Parliament

  • Roysambu Member of Parliament Waihenya Ndirangu has explained why he has never uttered a word in parliament, following a report by Mzalendo Trust that named him among worst performing legislators.

    Ndirangu said that he had different ways of handling issues affecting his constituents other than debating in the August House.

    The lawmaker further indicated that queuing in parliament in order to present problems affecting the ordinary mwananchi was not fruitful.

    "Ukisema utapiga foleni katika hiyo mbunge ndio shida zako zisikizwe ama zitimizwe ukweli ni kwamba unaweza ongea mara nyingi na shida za wananchi wako bado zitabaki. (If you say you will queue in parliament in order to present or solve issues affecting your constituents, the truth is you can talk a lot but the problems would never be solved)," Ndirangu noted.

    Ndirangu was among three Nairobi MPs who remained mum during all parliament proceedings in 2015. The other two are Lang'ata MP Joash Odhiambo Olum and Embakasi East MP John Ogutu Omondi.

    On Thursday, Mzalendo Trust exposed a total of 27 MPs who remained silent in parliament the whole of last year.

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    In the same report, five members were highlighted among those who have never given their maiden speech since they were elected.

    The five included: Emgwen MP Alex Kosgey, Rongai MP Kipruto MoiOscar Sudi (Kapseret), Gonzi Rai (Kinango) and Tirus Ngahu (Kangema).

    Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko was also mentioned as one of the worst performing Senators alongside Nominated legislator Hosea Onchwangi.

    Sonko, however, discredited the survey stating that the researchers had been bribed by his political rivals to damage his reputation ahead of the 2017 General Election.

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