Emotions In Parliament as Furious MPs Hit out at Opinion Pollsters Over Recent Rankings (Videos)

Two days after Infotrak Survey Research firm released a perception poll on the overall performance of Kenyan legislators in their different constituencies, MPs led by Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo and the Majority Leader in the National Assemble Amos Kimunya have come out to deconstruct the opinion pollsters.

Taking to the floor of the house on Tuesday Afternoon, Millie Odhiambo expressed her frustrations towards infotrak, saying the recently released polls ranking the MPs were manipulated, based on favoritism and malicious grounds.

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Odhiambo in particular, threw chaps at the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho she was getting personal and bringing politics of Homa Bay into the research.

She accused the lady saying she had in the past ranked her below number 200 but was still elected by her constituents overwhelmingly to parliament in 2017.

“I want to tell the lady called Ambitho from Siaya that I am focused supporting the Gender agenda even if we have idiots like her…she dares joke with me again, she will know politics…she is doing the exact thing she did to me last time but this time we will go down with you, ntawatwanga,” warned Millie.

Millie’s sentiments were also echoed by Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru who revealed that the firm tried to extract some cash from her, promising to rank her among the best performing legislators.

“I am going to name and shame Infortrack CEO because you called me and somebody by the name Jovain Wanyingo who is a researcher at the firm persuaded me to go and visit their offices at Lavington. I went to their offices and I was told that I was ranked position 31 and was asked for Ksh 300, 000 to improve my ranking…Ambitho you are daring the wrong number, don’t come near me” she stated

Rarieda MP Hon  Atiende Omollo insisted on the need for parliament to legislate on acceptable research methodologies to be used by Opinion Pollsters saying the MPs should not concentrate on the rankings.

He stated that he had once been ranked number 2, 20 and even over 150 hence the firms should be ensured they carry out authentic, defendable, and measured researches.

On his part, Suba South MP John Mbadi urged the legislators to concentrate on developments in their constituencies and disregard the research reports saying it is their constituents who will gauge their performances and re-elect them and not the opinion polls.

“relax and forget about all these emotions around, at the end of the day it’s your people who will give you another term, they will not refer to these opinions,” he communicated.

Here are some more reactions from the MPs;



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