Female MPs rubbish house performance report 

Female MPs rubbish house performance report 

Female MPs have rubbished a recent survey that ranked the performance of MPs in the House plenary, saying it’s a ploy by detractors to dent their names and seek political mileage.

Led by Kenya Women Parliamentarian (KEWOPA) Chairperson Purity Wangui Ngirici, the over 10 MPs said the findings by Mzalendo.com were untrue, unrealistic and did not reflect their true contribution in and outside the floor of the house.

“Those who did the ranking did not consider looking at the hazard or our contributions on committee of the whole house, which is the critical part in any law making process, where majority of us make our contributions,” Ms Ngirici told a press conference at Parliament buildings on Tuesday.

Ms Ngirici, who is also Kirinyaga County Women Representative,  said the waheshimiwas who are ‘erroneous’ listed as having not done any contribution nor maiden speech in the floor of the house and already done so, thus making the findings of mzalendo.com  fictitious.

The KEWOPA chairperson said majority of Women MPs who had allegedly not uttered a word where Vice-Chairpersons of parliamentary committees, by virtue of their positions always speak during presentation of reports to the house.

 A survey by Mzalendo.com, an online platform that keeps tabs on performance of MPs, said on Monday that more than 50 of 349 of Members of the National Assembly had not uttered a word in the floor of the house nor made their maiden speech majority being Women’s Representatives and first time members.

They listed county women representatives Lillian Cheptoo (West Pokot county ) Lydia Haika (Taita Taveta county), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir county), Pamela Odhiambo (Migori county), Florence Koskei(Kericho county) Kawira Mwangaza (Meru county), Jerusha Momanyi (Nyamira county county), Irene Kasalu (Kitui county county), Elsie Muhanda (Kakamega county) , Florence Koskei (Kericho), as some of the MPs who were yet to speak in the House.

Others included Rehema Dida (Isiolo county), Joyce Korir (Bomet county), Jane Wanjiku (Embu county) , Gladwell Cheruiyot (Baringo county) , Faith Wairimu (Nyandarua county) and MPS Mary Wamaua (Maragua), Mercy Gakuya (Kasarani), Charity Kathambi (Njoro) and Jacqueline Odao (nominated).

The survey also suggested MPs Ernest Ogesi (Vihiga), Ahmed Ibrahim (Wajir North), Mohammed Sheikh (Wajir South), Ahmed Kolosh (Wajir West), James Gichuhi (Tetu), Josephat Kabeabea (Tigania East) Lokiru Ali (Turkana East) and Odhiambo Karan (Ugenya), Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Kabiyu (Mwea), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon), Kalicha Gufu (Moyale), among others.

Wajir County Women Representative Fatuma Gedi and Nominated MP Prof. Jacqueline Oduol  who are  mentioned among the mute MPs but find their voices once on public podiums, have vowed to take legal action against the publisher of the findings and the media outlets that carried the survey.

“On behalf other Women MPs, We demand an apology from Mzalendo.com,” Fatuma Gedi said.

“As women we have struggled to be where we are and we won’t allow anybody to take advantage of this situation to undermine women, many of us are either eyeing to be Governor, Senator or Constituency seats,” she added.

Ms Gedi, who is also chairs ‘Caucus 47’  that brings all county women representatives, alleged that their political competitors  were using  Mzalendo.com for political expedition.

“We know they are people who want to bring down women, they are the same people who don’t want women to prosper . Now that we have the two thirds gender rule coming, we wont go back or scared,” he noted.

Oh her part, nominated MP Prof. Jacqueline Oduol said while did not oppose political accountability on their part, it should not be used to settle political scores.

“We indeed putting Mzalendo and by extension the media, we are in politics and we are political , there is no absolutely no way that we are going to have  our future in a way   curved by false information. Would like to be held accountable, we know that there is an hazard  , we don’t at any cost what’s covered is true ,” Prof. Oduol concluded.

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