With more than 34 Members of Parliament (MPs) remaining silent for the whole year, there was a section of legislators who dominated parliamentary proceedings in 2020.
According to the Parliamentary scorecard report released by Mzalendo Trust, despite the Covid-19 pandemic which triggered unprecedented disruptions to the hitherto normal operations of the parliament, several legislators withered the storm to remain actively engaged in their legislative role.
Notwithstanding this unprecedentedly disrupted environment, Parliament demonstrated a degree of resilience judging by the number of bills, motions, petitions and statements tabled.
In the Senate for instance, 16 bills, 9 motions, 30 petitions and 219 statements were tabled, yielding small differences from 2019 figures when 18 bills, 15 motions, 34 petitions and 198 statements were tabled.
Similar trend was reflected in the National Assembly, where 22 bills, 6 motions, 52 petitions and 363 statements were tabled in 2020, compared to 22 bills, 19 motions, 70 petitions and 236 statements in 2019.
Of the statements raised, 34 by the National Assembly and 18 by the Senate were in response to the Covid-19, touching on accountability, usage of funds by ministries and counties, country preparedness, stimulus packages and cushioning programs, mental health, education, security, and safety of children.
The top 15 active Members o Parliament in the National Assembly include;
- Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu)
- Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East)
- Millie Odhiambo Mabona (Suba North)
- David Sankok (Nominated)
- Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini)
- Sabina Chege (Murang’a)
- Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi)
- Samson Cherarkey (Nandi)
- Moses Wetangula (Bungoma)
- Ledama ole Kina (Narok)
- Farhiya Ali Haji (Nominated)
- Getrude Musuruve (Nominated)
- Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay)
- Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South)
- Eve Obara (Kabondo Kasipul)