By Ndungu Gachane
Members of the National Assembly have dismissed the recent Infotrack opinion polls that ranked the legislators terming the institution as extortionists.
The MPs led by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya and his Minority Leader counterpart John Mbadi accused the Infotrack staffs of demanding money from legislators to rank them high and vowed to introduce laws to regulate them.
The lawmakers said development is not about appearing in media houses, social media platforms and in funeral ceremonies but implementing policy programs to the electorates.
The furious lawmakers in a debate at the floor of the house on Tuesday disclosed how the Infotrack officials called them to demand for bribes saying they demand up to Sh100,000 failure to which they are ranked poorly.
“A certain lady called me and told me to cash out Sh100,000 to be ranked as the best performing MP, I refused to give in since these are conmen seeking to extort money from leaders. We have credible institutions that we can trust to rank us fairly and not such unscrupulous people,” Mavoko MP Patrick Makau said.
Mr Kimunya said a time has come for the National Assembly to enact laws to regulate such institutions to prevent members of public consuming fake polls.
“If you want to proof that your work is professional you must show us methodology, let’s look at the law to regulate such institutions from feeding our people with fake polls,” he said.
A staff from Infotrak claiming to be the Senior Research Executive sent a message to a Muranga MP requesting for a zoom meeting to show his index and then how he could do a more ‘comprehensive one at a fairly concessional rates.
“We can schedule a zoom meeting where we can show you your index and how that index was generated. This was just one very basic question we asked but we can now do a more comprehensive one at a fairly concessional rates and that’s something we need to demonstrate to you so that you can see what kind of information you can get and if you are interested then we can move,” a message seen by our desk read in part.
The MP who did not wish to be named did not respond and he was ranked the tail end.