Homa Bay Township MP Peter Kaluma’s headband worn to Parliament Wednesday elicited complaints from a section of MPs, who claimed the House was losing its sense of “seriousness”.
Led by Minority Leader in the National Assembly, John Mbadi, MPs opposed to Kaluma’s dressing, said as a result of the liberal and casual manner lawmakers were dressing to the National Assembly, the House was losing its honour.
In Mr Kaluma’s defense, the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, said: “He [Kaluma] told me that he was bleeding, and explained to me the reason for his bleeding. Leave Kaluma to continue being in the House in that attire.”
However, Mr Mbadi would hear none of it, saying “action needs to be taken against MPs treating House business casually”.
“We can excuse Kaluma for today. However, we should come out clearly on the issue of MPs’ dressing to the House. We need to be a bit careful on this issue of dressing. It needs to be addressed. If we don’t do that, members will come to the House dressed in different shades, colours… And that would make Parliament look terrible,” said Mr Mbadi.
Responding to the Suba South MP, Speaker Muturi said: “Very soon I will be reiterating that issue of attire. When women MPs wore headbands to the House some time back, they appeared to have infected Peter Kaluma. We should excuse the Kaluma [for today]. However, I agree with you [Mbadi] that it is an issue of concern.”
It remains unclear whether Mr Kaluma was truly bleeding, when he was pictured in Parliament sporting a headband.
The MPs, thereafter, proceeded to debate on The Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill, which was in the Second Reading stage.