Three governors, three senators and three members of the National Assembly were among Kenyans who received wide media coverage in the past three years. They include governors Evans Kidero (Nairobi), Isaac Ruto (Bomet) Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and senators Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma), Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) and Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka-Nithi).
MPs include Aden Duale (Garissa), Ababu Namwamba (Budalangi) and John Mbadi (Gwasi) also remained media favorites.
Duale and Kindiki’s ranking does not come as surprise as they are the majority leaders in both National Asembly and Senate and remain vocal in transacting government business.
Research funding The research funded by the United States International University-Africa, Nairobi was conducted by Dr Kioko Ireri (pictured), the Principal Researcher alongside Jimmy Ochieng, the Co-Researcher.
The study, conducted between April 9, 2013 and April 9, 2017, analysed more than 2,700 newspaper articles from Kenya’s four national dailies newspapers. These were the People Daily, Daily Nation, The Standard, and The Star.
In the women category, the most covered MPs include Cecily Mbarire (Runyenjes), National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso (Sotik) and Millie Odhiambo (Mbita).
The coverage was based on different indicators which include criticising government, commenting of devolution, negative coverage and the comments they made on corruption.