There was mild drama in the Kenyan National Assembly on Wednesday morning when Kwale County Woman Representative Zulekha Hassan walked into the chambers with her baby.
Zulekha was carrying the baby, which appeared to be less than 5-months old. She was then ordered out of the National Assembly for disrupting a parliamentary session.
House Majority Leader Aden Duale had to pause a motion he was moving on the Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute.
Zulekha said she had an emergency that’s why she came to parliament with the baby and suggested that a mother’s room be put in place to curb such situations.
“I have tried really hard not to come with the baby, but today I had an emergency; what was I supposed to do? … If there was a room, a thresh or a nursery room, I’d be able to then put my baby,” she said.
Duale has demanded an explanation on how Hassan was allowed into the Chamber with the baby.
According to the Standing Orders of the National Assembly, strangers are not allowed into the House, including children.
Women MPs who had walked out of the Chamber as a sign of solidarity with Hassan condemned the Speaker and their male colleagues on how the matter was handled.
The incident as the world marks the Breastfeeding week (Aug 1 -August 7) with calls to have mothers allowed to breastfeed anywhere.
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