Does Kenya have too many MPs?

South Sudan and Somalia have far more legislators per one million people than the rest of Eastern Africa. GRAPHIC | NATION SOURCE: INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION

What you need to know:

  • Rwanda, like Kenya has nine legislators per million people. Tanzania and Ethiopia have eight, while Uganda has ten.
  • The six countries sampled, namely, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany Russia and France, all have highly productive economies, with GDP per capita ranging from 10 times that of Kenya (Russia) to 63 times that of Kenya (United Kingdom).
  • The leading economies of Asia and South America are lightly represented, yet have highly efficient economies.

Kenya does not seem to have too many national legislators for its people, a Nation Newsplex investigation has found. However, a less productive economy means political representation has a bigger impact on national wealth in Kenya than it does in other countries.


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