To work effectively, MPs need a degree, extensive experience in relevant fields: Migori Woman Rep Dr. Pamela Odhiambo

To work effectively, MPs need a degree, extensive experience in relevant fields: Migori Woman Rep Dr. Pamela Odhiambo

  • “There are people who are born with capabilities of leadership in them, somebody who can just wake up and people are attracted to them and allow them to lead in whatever is happening, people who have been described as situational leaders, who every time there is something happening, they emerge and take control... but the kind of leadership we are talking about especially the political leadership, the question is: what is the role of these leaders? 
  • Somebody should be capacity-built to a certain level that they can understand the economic dynamics, the financial undertakings,” she added. 

Migori Woman Representative Dr. Pamela Odhiambo says legislators should have degrees to execute their jobs efficiently. 

“There are people who are born with capabilities of leadership in them, somebody who can just wake up and people are attracted to them and allow them to lead in whatever is happening, people who have been described as situational leaders, who every time there is something happening, they emerge and take control... but the kind of leadership we are talking about especially the political leadership, the question is: what is the role of these leaders? 

Speaking Thursday when she appeared on Citizen TV’s breakfast show Day Break, Odhiambo stated that education was key in equipping leaders with knowledge of the legal framework to lead the citizens. 

“We are talking more about the legislative nature of this kind of leadership because the major role of an MP is being a legislator,” said Odhiambo. 

“It is important that everybody who comes to parliament, especially the National Assembly or the Senate where they talk about the country and appropriate resources to the counties, to understand these legal frameworks; where the law is coming from and where it is heading. Somebody should be capacity-built to a certain level that they can understand the economic dynamics, the financial undertakings,” she added. 

“To that extent, I think an MP should have a degree or if not a degree, they must be having a level of experience in relevant fields.” 

Her comments come amid a heated national debate on the question of Kenyan leaders' academic qualifications, following the much-discussed court case where Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi is accused of using fake high school and college certificates. 

On Wednesday, Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Principal Examinations Secretary Nabiki Ene Kashu told magistrate Felix Kombo that Sudi did not register or sit the 2006 KCSE examination at Highway Secondary School in Nairobi. 

She testified that the purported certificate presented to KNEC by Sudi for verification was a forged document. 

A former employee at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) further told the court that Sudi never registered as a student of the institute, adding that the diploma certificate Sudi claims was issued by the institute is not a genuine document.