'Illiterate' MP Fights Critics

  • A Member of Parliament has come out to defend herself before the electorate against claims of illiteracy, after featuring in a list of worst performing legislators in the 11th parliament.

    Kajiado County Women Representative Mary Seneta on Sunday told residents of Kitengela that she had enough content to contribute to discussions at the floor of the house.

    "I am not illiterate. I have enough content to deliver on the floor of the House and I just don't understand how somebody can say I never contributed. I have contributed 72 times," she told the gathering.

    Seneta found herself in trouble after a local youth group member asked her to explain why she was not active in Parliament yet she was seeking re-election.

    "We are wondering why you are asking for our votes when you were recently branded a silent Member of Parliament," the youth was quoted by the Standard.

    The lawmaker, however, responded by producing a copy of the Hansard records showing her contribution to various parliamentary debates.

    The MP has been walking around with the records as evidence of her participation in the National Assembly to counter the Mzalendo Trust Report released in February.

    In the report, Seneta was named alongside other 26 MPs for failing to utter a word in Parliament in the year 2015.

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