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Woman rep carries Hansard to fight off ‘silent MP’ claims

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By Peterson Githaiga | March 28th 2016

Kajiado Woman Rep Mary Seneta sought to fight off accusations that she does not contribute to House debates by using the National Assembly Hansard Report as evidence. This comes following an array of attacks brought against her on social media that she was among the silent legislators in the National Assembly.

A report by Mzalendo Trust that was carried in local dailies listed 27 MPs who have never contributed on the floor of the House, Ms Seneta being among them.

The legislator has now been forced to walk around with the official Hansard Report, dismissing the allegations that she has never contributed on the floor of the House.

"I am not illiterate. I have enough content to deliver on the floor of the House and I just don't understand how somebody can say I never contributed. I have contributed 72 times," she said.

Speaking in Kitengela on Saturday, Seneta said she had to ask the Hansard department to furnish her with the report after somebody erred and put her photo in the newspaper.

A group of youths from Kajiado put the MP to task over why she had never uttered a word in the House.

"We are wondering why you are asking for our votes when you were recently branded a silent member Parliament," inquired a youth at the meeting.

But responding to the youth, the legislator said she was equal to the task and had contributed 72 times in the National Assembly. She also termed the report by Mzalendo Trust as misleading. She said she would now be carrying the official Hansard Report to defend herself.

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