Women Rep. Eusilah Ngeny , a republican, is
gifted and cordial, well-liked by virtually quite a number of county residents. But Eusilah is also gagged, essentially confined to her language inadequacies.As KTN reported in The Women Empowerment Segment earlier this month , she’s missed every TV Interview she has been invited to without any apologies. KTN Cameraman Chepkwony Simon had to call in Nominated MCA Rehema Cheruiyot to save the day in Uasin Gishu Women feature.
She has also missed quite a number of voting session since the legislature began its 2013-14 session.And is yet to make her maiden speech,Eusilah’s attendance record was less than 50 percent.
Eusilah should resign, to advance her deficiencies — and to advance the representation of her 200,000 constituents in Uasin Gishu County.They require someone who can speak for them and vote for them — in the National Assembly.
True, Eusilah is one of just 290 member House
that’s run by Jubilee majority. So her absences may not have been decisive in the outcome of closely contested bills. But passage or failure of legislation isn’t all a legislator’s voting and debating accomplishes. It also writes a record of what he or she believes in or stands for. Voting and debating isn’t only a matter of representation — it’s also a matter of accountability to the voters who elect a lawmaker.
There’s no reason to doubt Eusilah’s handlers
claim that she’s as attentive to constituent services in the county as she would be but attending record breaking church services is not part of Constituent services,such as cutting through state red tape for a bewildered business
owner or women empowerment claimant, are indeed a key component of a women
representative’s or a county women chair.
But a legislative employee can do much if not all of such service work. What a legislative staff
member cannot do are the very things Eusilah’s circumstances don’t let her do: shape proposed
legislation during House committee hearings or speak during House debate to express the concerns of her diverse constituency.
For that to happen, Eusilah Ngeny needs to admit her limitations, unfortunate though they
are for a greenhorn public servant,and make way for someone who can speak — in Parliament — for Uasin Gishu County.
The writer Gideon Kiprop is the Vice Chairman Uasin Gishu Bloggers Association and a Mass Communication and Journalism Lecturer in USIUfirstname.lastname@example.org