Did they perform? Assessing five years of Bunge 2005-2010

On 31 October Tanzanians will elect a new President and a 10th Parliament (Bunge). Many of those standing for election served during the 9th Bungebetween 2005 and 2010. How did these MPs perform? Did they participate actively and represent their constituencies by asking questions and making interventions, or were they silent backbenchers? Using official Bunge data sources, Uwazi at Twaweza presents a ranking of the most and least active MPs in Parliament.

The analysis by Uwazi shows that Members of Parliament from CCM accounted for the most participation in Bunge overall having asked 81% percent of basic questions, 78 percent of supplementary questions and by making 84 percent of contributions. However, per MP, they were less active compared to MPs from other parties. CCM MPs on average made 76 interventions per MP during the 9th Bunge, as compared to CUF (85), CHADEMA (150), and UDP (209). The ranking is based on an aggregation of the number of times an MP asked a basic or supplementary question or made a contribution in the Bunge.

The Uwazi researchers also found that Cabinet members did not participate actively in Parliament. There are 48 cabinet members in Parliament, 26 Ministers, 21 Deputy Ministers and the Prime Minister. Out of these 85% never asked a single basic question for all the five years between 2005 and 2010. Out of the 267 MPs who are not cabinet members or high government officials (including the (deputy) Speaker and Regional Commissioners), 15% never asked a single basic question.

Concerning performance of ordinary MPs, Uwazi researchers found that the most active MPs include Job Ndungai (CCM), Jenista Mhagama (CCM), Dr. Wilbrod Slaa (CHADEMA), Godfrey Zambi (CCM) and Kabwe Zitto (CHADEMA). On the other hand, according to Bunge data, least active MPs include Rostam Aziz (CCM), Ali Suleiman (CCM), Ali Ali (CCM), Salum Salum (CCM) and Yusuf Makamba (CCM).

The Uwazi research furthermore reveals that male MPs were slightly more active than female MPs, and that elected MPs are more active than nominated MPs.

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