BY FAITH MUTETE – Ten years ago, members of parliament were household names in Kenya. Most Mps were known well beyond their constituencies, districts, regions and even provinces.
The likes of Paul Muite, James Orengo, Musikari Kombo, Dr.Eldon Wameyo were well known beyond their provinces. So were Boy Juma, Karisa Maitha, Matu Wamae and Jonesmas Mwanza Kikuyu.
But thanks to devolution that has changed the focus to Governors, MPs have since stopped becoming house hold names. Also, the fact that MPs are no longer appointed to the cabinet, has heavily reduced their countrywide recognition.
But their stature remains the same in Parliament and at home where they enjoy good public appeals courtesy of CDF. Today, few Kenyans outside Bungoma know the Mp for Webuye….or the Mp for Kwale East outside Kwale County..