Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi has come out to defend himself after a special parliamentary report listed him among the most silent legislators in the House.
On Monday, June 28, the Parliamentary scorecard report released by Mzalendo Trust listed Sudi among the 34 MPs who did not table any motion nor contribute to any debate tabled in parliament for the whole of 2020.
In his defense, Oscar Sudi said he preferred to remain silent in parliament and work for those who elected him than being vocal in the House with poor development records on the ground.
“Which one do you prefer?… Speaking in parliament the whole day or serving the common mwananchi? Which performance outweigh the other?… Too much English or development? Actions speak louder than words,” Oscar Sudi posed through a social media post.
Sudi’s remarks come barely a day after a section of the legislator who were listed among the most silent ones had defended themselves arguing that the bulk of parliamentary work is done in committees as part of their legislation work.
While releasing the scorecard, Mzalendo Trust Executive Director Carolyne Gaita attributed their silence to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said that the 4th session of the 12th parliamentary business was predominantly shaped by the virus which triggered unprecedented disruption to the hitherto normal operations of both Houses.
However, despite the COVID-19, a section of legislators including Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Millie Odhiambo of Suba North among others withered the storm to remain actively engaged in their legislative role.