Probe MPs snubbing sessions, Sankok tells EACC

Written By: Yusuf Farah/Christine Muchira

Nominated MP David Sankok
Sankok enjoys cordial relations with the Deputy President

Nominated MP David Ole Sankok wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission to probe legislators who perennially fail to attend parliamentary sessions.   

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Sankok who was rated among the top performing MPs by a report authored by Mzalendo Trust says it was immoral for his colleagues to abdicate their duties while enjoying perks courtesy of the electorate.

In the report released last week by Mzalendo Trust Agencies, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo emerged top in terms of contribution in the National Assembly, followed by nominated MP David Sankok, who represents persons with disabilities.

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And amid raging debate over the contents of the report, Sankok has now hit at his colleagues who fail to attend house sittings.

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Sankok said he has always been attending Parliamentary sittings as it is his duty to represent the over 6.4 million Kenyans with disabilities.

This even urged the electorate to make use of the report to vote out leaders who fail to focus on their interests in Parliament.

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The report indicated that the aggregate performance of the 12th Parliament’s 3rd Session, was the lowest.

According to the report 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.

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

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