In Summary
  • National Assembly proceedings were briefly brought to standstill after Kwale Woman Rep Zuleika Hassan entered with her 5-month-old baby.
  • Ms Hassan was ordered to withdraw from the chamber with the standing speaker saying it is not the right place to take care of her child.
  • A section of male MPs and the women lawmakers, however, supported Ms Hassan urging her to stay put causing a standstill within the chambers.

Morning proceedings of the National Assembly on Wednesday were temporarily brought to a standstill after Kwale Woman Representative Zuleika Hassan entered the chambers with her five-month-old baby.

Christopher Omulele, who was serving as the speaker, ordered Ms Hassan to withdraw from the chamber saying it is not the right place to take care of her child.

A section of male MPs and the women lawmakers, however, supported Ms Hassan urging her to stay put causing a standstill within the chambers.

The speaker called the sergeant-at-arms to evict Ms Hassan who by then was being shielded by her female counterparts.

“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.

EMERGENCY

Addressing the press after leaving the chambers, Ms Hassan in the company of other women MPs said she got an emergency this morning and had to come with the baby to Parliament.

“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.

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