Mzalendo, an organization which keeps track of debates in Kenya’s two houses of parliament; senate and national assembly, has launched a report titled ‘Debunking Myths’ detailing the contribution of women MPs in both houses of parliament.
Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo, despite the tag of being a ‘Jubilee mole’, is the highest contributor to debates in parliament when ranked with other female MPs from western Kenya – Nyanza and Western provinces.
Hon. Odhiambo already has two bills to her name, that is, theÂ Victims Protection Bill and the In Vitro Fertilisation Bill.
Jesica Musila, the Executive Director of Mzalendo says the report vindicates women from accusations of being seen as props for men in a governance system still dominated by the male gender.
“Contrary to public opinion, Women County Representatives (WCR), in particular, do not represent womenâ€™s agenda only but all the challenges faced in their counties including problems that affect men. In fact, those from the Northern Region of Kenya were outstanding in their articulation of the security challenges their counties face and the solutions the government should consider. Our analysis also revealed women MPs contributions are also greatly influenced by their level of education, professional background, work and life experience,” revealed Ms Musila.
From other regions, the following also topped the ‘ranking’:Â Florence Kajuju (Mt Kenya – Meru County MP); Joyce Emanikor (Northern – Turkana County MP); Zainab Chidzuga (Coastal -Kwale County MP); Rachael Nyamai (South Eastern – Kitui South Constituency); Joyce Laboso, deputy Speaker (North Rift – Sotik Constituency); Amina Abdalla (nominated MP, National Assembly); and Agnes Zani (nominated senator).
Each region had three nominees.
“With an extended August 27thÂ 2016 deadline for the full implementation of the two thirds gender principle, Mzalendo hopes the findings presented in this report will help change Kenyanâ€™s attitudes towards women Parliamentarians and inform the election of more women as political leaders,” urges Ms Musila.
Others areÂ Mishi Juma Mboko, Halima Duri, Susan Musyoka, Joyce Lay, Jessica Mbalu, Wanjiku Muhia, Priscilla Nyokabi, Rachel Shebesh, Annah Gathecha, Fatuma Ibrahim, Maison Leshoomo, Shukran Gure, Tiyah Galgalo, Gladys Wanga, Rose Nyamunga, Dennitah Ghati, Christine Ombaka, Alice Chae, Mary Emaase, Florence Mutua and Rachel Amesso.
Those who stand out in the Senate are Beatrice Elachi, Martha Wangari, Joy Gwendo, Halima Abdille, Judith Sijeny and Elizabeth Ongoro.