Press Release - 2023 Annual Parliamentary Scorecard

Maiden Scorecard for the 13th Parliament Shows Parliament’s Priorities at odds with Citizens’ Expectations

Nairobi, 8th August 2023: Mzalendo Trust has today released the first Scorecard of the 13thParliament. 

Kenyans went to the polls on 9th August 2023, to elect amongst other positions, members of the 13thParliament, with high expectations on the leadership to immediately address the high cost of living, the youth unemployment bulge and empowerment of lower-income businesses and earners. But has Parliament’s agenda reflected these needs? An analysis of individual and institutional performance for the past year shows a mixed bag of outcomes. 

The most active members of the National Assembly were Dr. Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Beatrice Elachi (Dagoretti North), James Nyikal (Seme) and Ken Chonga (Kilifi South). Among the issues they raised were food security, drought and conservation of the environment. 15 Members of the National Assembly did not contribute on the floor of the House, some of whom have been highlighted in previous scorecards of the 12th Parliament as having not made a single contribution. They include Oscar Sudi(Kapseret), George Aladwa (Makadara) and Samuel Arama (Nakuru). 

Members who are yet to make a maiden speech in the National Assembly include: Ronald Karauri(Kasarani), Mohamed Soud (Mvita), Paul Chebor (Rongai), Ernest Kagesi (Vihiga), Joseph Iraya(nominated), Teresia Wanjiru (nominated), Elizabeth Kailemia (Meru Woman Rep.) and Muthoni Marubu (Lamu Woman Rep.).

In the Senate, the top contributors were Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Eddy Oketch (Migori), John Kinyua (Laikipia) and Mohamed Faki (Mombasa). Some of the issues that they raised touched on land historical injustices, promotion of mental health and education for learners with disabilities.

During this period, key areas of concern among Kenyans were the high cost of living, high rate of unemployment, prolonged drought, insecurity, the Shakahola Massacre, cost of energy, implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum, public debt, sexual abuse in workplaces, welfare of migrant workers, state of healthcare and NHIF, food security, police brutality, climate concerns, state of mental health and land matters.

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Posted by Loise Mwakamba on Aug. 8, 2023

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