Mzalendo Launches the People’s Shujaaz Awards

Posted by on 28th November 2014

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Press Release – Mzalendo Launches the People’s Shujaaz awards

Nairobi, 28th November 2014 – Mzalendo Trust today launched the People’s Shujaaz Awards – an initiative to celebrate Parliamentarians that have excelled in championing issues of great public interest in Parliament – the National Assembly and Senate. The Parliamentarians were selected based on bills moved, contributions to bills, motions raised and statements issued from March 2013 to date.

“At the centre of these Awards are the bread and butter issues that drive Kenyan election campaigns and politics like food, health, water, education, security as well as core mandates of Parliament like devolution and budgetary oversight. The issues and list of nominees were arrived at through collaborative efforts between Mzalendo and other civil societies working on governance issues,” said Jessica Musila, Mzalendo’s Executive Director.

The inaugural People’s Shujaaz Awards has 10 categories with 3 nominees each. Mzalendo’s review of the Parliamentary business revealed discussions on health, water and budgetary oversight dominated debate. Kenyans have an opportunity to select their best choice in each category through online voting on www.mzalendo.com. Voting closes on 7th December 2014, 11.59pm and finalists will be announced and awarded gifts on 11th December 2014.

Kenyans spend a lot of time bashing politicians and there is a risk that we may dismiss or fail to encourage those who are actually representing their interests. People’s Shujaaz Awards is an attempt to fix that – we believe that it is important to point out that it is not all doom and gloom when it comes to Parliamentarians. The People’s Shujaaz Awards complement the National Honours the Presidency bestows on Kenyans who have given exemplary service to the country every year.

Through this initiative, Mzalendo seeks to gently nudge Parliamentarians to champion public interest, raise public awareness on the roles of MPs and Senators plus sensitize them on the need to hold their leaders to account. Mzalendo is a non-partisan Parliamentary Monitoring initiative which keeps an eye on Parliament and makes information on Parliamentarians and their activities easily accessible to the public.

For
 more information
 please
 contact:

Jessica
Musila,
0714
391812, Jessica@mzalendo.com

For
general
enquiries
email
about
the organization, email: info@mzalendo.com

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  • by Maina Njogu on 29th November 2014

    Great initiative to build up our political leaders... where can I get the summary of what each of the nominees has been able to achieve?

  • by Charles Warui on 1st December 2014

    I vote for Joseph gitari in the health category

  • by Brian on 2nd December 2014

    I would like to vote for hon Gitari as the best performing mp

  • by Daniel kaihura on 2nd December 2014

    I vote for mhesmiwa Gitari kiriyaga central

  • by karanja benson on 2nd December 2014

    Health.I vote for Hon Joseph Gitari.

  • by Grance wachuki kahuthia on 3rd December 2014

    I vote for Hon Gitari joseph for Health contributions.

  • by mzalendo on 3rd December 2014

    Please vote directly through the link on the right hand side of the website. You should see 'vote here' and exercise your right. Thank you

  • by mzalendo on 3rd December 2014

    Please vote directly through the link on the right hand side of the website. You should see 'vote here' and exercise your right. Thank you

  • by mzalendo on 3rd December 2014

    It shall be sent to you

  • by mzalendo on 3rd December 2014

    Please vote directly through the link on the right hand side of the website. You should see 'vote here' and exercise your right. Thank you

  • by mzalendo on 3rd December 2014

    Please vote directly through the link on the right hand side of the website. You should see 'vote here' and exercise your right. Thank you

  • by mzalendo on 3rd December 2014

    Please vote directly through the link on the right hand side of the website. You should see 'vote here' and exercise your right. Thank you