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Senator denies report ranking him among the least active

25 May 2015, 09:24 Arap Yego

Kitale - Trans-Nzoia Senator, Henry Ole Ndiema has denied reports carried in a section of the media last week that ranked him among the senators with the lowest approval ratings.

The senator termed as false and misleading the poll report by Infotrak Research and Consulting published in a local daily that ranked him at position 41 out of 47 elected members of the senate.

Speaking to journalists over the weekend after attending a fundraising at Bishop Muge Girls High School in Kwanza Constituency in his county, Ndiema said the parameters used to rank the senators were not the best.

The soft spoken senator explained that an assessment of most of his colleagues who ranked top in the list are those who are loud and actively involved in politics and others are always at war with their governors.

"I do not agree with the ranking at all which to a large extend seemingly was skewed to favour senators who are wrangling with Governors and other local leaders and those who like politicking," said the lawmaker.

"Members of the public should disregard the poll findings because it does not in any way convey the truth. I am a senior citizen who is advanced in age I will not be involved in political battles with other leaders for me to be rated highly; I prefer dialogue," added Ndiema.

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The Ford Kenya senator observed that it would have been better if the research used to rank them was based on their contribution in the senate, how much money they have lobbied to be brought to their respective counties and how the funds were utilized.

He further faulted the approval rating which involved interviewing a section of the county residents, noting that it disadvantaged senators from cosmopolitan counties.

"In Trans-Nzoia for example, which is inhabited largely by people from the Luhyia and minority Sabaot community where I come from, it will be definitely hard for a pollster to get a correct finding," explained Senator Ndiema.

Interestingly, present at the same function which was also a thanksgiving for Anglican-Church-sponsored schools in Kitale Diocese, was West Pokot Senator Prof John Lonyapuo who was ranked number one in the poll.

Lonyagapuo, who was ranked top with an approval rating of 74.5 percent, had no opportunity to respond to Ndiema, as the latter who was his host arrived when he had already given his speech. Area Deputy Governor, Stanley Kenei and Bishop Stephen Kewasis.

In the research by Infotrak, Nairobi senator Mike Sonko was ranked second with an approval rating of 67.3 percent, while Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula was third with 67.1 percent.

Other Senators who made it to the top 10 included Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Hassan Omar (Mombasa), Bonny Khalwale (Kakamega), Charles Keter (Kericho), Prof Kidindiki Kithure (Tharaka Nithi), Kiraitu Muringi (Meru) and John Khaniri (Vihiga) in that order.

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