MPs are not paid to yawn, warm seats and clog traffic

Parliament Building

The Parliament Building in Nairobi.

Photo credit: Sila Kiplagat | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • It wasn’t clear why MPs would exercise their legal right to remain silent when not under arrest.
  • Those interviewed told the media that speaking English has never won anyone a Nobel.


A report came through this week that some 34 MPs haven’t spoken in Parliament since they were elected four years ago. The report found out the MPs in question only exercise their jaw muscles while yawning, and it isn’t because they signed a deal with chewing gum companies to keep their mouths fresher for longer.

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