I am proud of my shape, says Senator Omanga after ‘butt of all jokes’ newspaper story


Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has faulted a newspaper report published last Sunday, which said she sought permission from the Parliamentary Service Commission to fly Business Class because the Economy Class seats were “too small for her comfort”.

Ms Omanga’ request, according to the Sunday Standard, was rejected on July 14 after the PSC discussed the matter.

And now, Ms Omanga says the story titled: “Butt of all jokes? Senator says economy plane seats a little too small for her comfort” was “sexist” and “petty”.

“My attention has been drawn to the story appearing on the Sunday Standard and also available on their online platform accompanied by a sexist click and bait headline in reference to my shape,” said Ms Omanga in a Facebook post Sunday, August 26.

“Despite the Speaker and Clerk of the Senate saying they are not aware of such a request I made to PSC, It is unfathomable that the newspaper spared a whole page to belabor on pettiness rather than focus on issues that are of importance to Kenyans.

“…It would help to remind the newspaper, and anybody else who shares in their warped thinking, that I’m proud of myself and my physique and neither sexist headlines meant to egg readers into reading a convoluted story nor journalistic skulduggery will change it.

“I remain unmoved by that nonsense but my advice to armchair journalists is that there are so much to write out there, especially human interest stories, that only an idle mind would find time to peddle rumours and half-truths.”

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