Drama as Lawmaker is kicked out of parliament for coming with baby

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2019

Female MPs have walked out of Kenya's parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby.

Morning proceedings of the National Assembly in the Kenyan Parliament were temporarily brought to standstill after Kwale Woman representative Zuleika Hassan got into the chambers with her five-month-old baby.

A video shows security guards crowding around Ms Hassan as she holds her baby.

He ordered Kwale county women's representative out of the chamber, saying her move was "unprecedented".

Zulekha Hassan said she had "had an emergency" and had to take her baby to work.

"I've never done this [before], I've tried really hard not to come with a baby but today I had an emergency, so what was I supposed to do - miss parliament and miss my duties", she said.

Hassan further argued that if Kenya wanted to have more female MPs they needed to be provided with a supportive atmosphere.

Addressing journalists outside Parliament, Ms Hassan pointed out that there was no family room for lactating mothers who are parliamentarians and other staff members.

Zuleikha said she had an emergency and had to choose between coming with the baby to work, or not coming to work altogether.

Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor said it is unfortunate that such an incident can happen in Parliament where laws are made, wondering what is happening to mothers outside there.

"If there was a room, a thresh or a nursery room, I'd be able to then put my baby", said Zulekha.

Kitui South MP Rachel Nyamai questioned why the PSC has failed to give priority to young mothers by setting up a crèche.

"Lawmakers must lead by example and today we are saying enough is enough", Ms Korere said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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