Performance of 12th Parliament’s 3rd Session ranked lowest

Written By: Marie Yambo
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The Annual Parliamentary Scorecard for the 3rd Session of the 12th Parliament, indicates that the aggregate performance of the 12th Parliament’s 3rd Session, was the lowest. 

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The report released Wednesday by Mzalendo Trust, a Parliamentary Monitoring Organization, shows that of the 116 Bills passed in the National Assembly only 24 were assented to, translating to about 21 per cent, the lowest in five years.

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The Senate passed a total of 34 Bills out of which only 4 were assented to.

Mzalendo Trust Executive Director, Caroline Gaita, said  the diminished role of the opposition as a result of the handshake and party cooperation across the political divide, further compounds the performance noting  the need to safeguard the independence and performance of Parliament.

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An analysis by counties shows the top five  performing counties aggregated by  contributions of MPs from each County are Homa Bay, Trans Nzoia, Kericho, West Pokot and Bungoma respectively.

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Conversely, the bottom five counties are Garissa, Tana River, Turkana, Kwale and Narok.

In terms of committee work, the National Assembly had a total of 1,211 committee sittings in 2019, while the Senate had approximately 505 sittings.

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Given the challenge by COVID-19, Mzalendo Trust, has called  on Parliament to enhance technological uptake in order to ensure public participation noting in 2019, a whopping 55.2 percent of the sittings were not open to the public, in contrast to the Senate where approximately 72 percent of the sittings were open to the public.

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