Kwale Woman Rep Zuleika Hassan Ejected From Parliament For Bringing In A Baby
Kwale Woman Rep Zuleika Hassan was today in the morning ejected from parliament for bringing in a five-month baby in the chambers.
The Woman Rep was ordered to withdraw from the chambers by Christopher Omulele, who was serving as the speaker, on grounds that it is not the right place to take care of her child.
“As much as she has a right to take care of her child, this not the right place, I therefore direct that you immediately withdraw from the chambers,” ordered Mr Omulele.
Despite efforts by female MPs to shield her, she was finally bundled out by the Sergeant at Arms.
Addressing journalists after the incident, Ms Hassan said that circumstances had forced her to come into the chambers with the baby.
“I had an emergency and decided not to miss work but come with the baby. She is not an atomic bomb and can’t explode,” Ms Hassan said.
Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor threatened that all MPs with children will come into the chambers with their children in order to send a message protecting women with children.
This comes ahead of the breastfeeding week, where employers are urged to have special locations for lactating mothers.
In 2013, parliament passed a motion directing the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) to set aside a room within Parliament buildings for breastfeeding mothers but it is yet to be implemented.