Why Mwaura, Sakaja wore white scarves to the Senate

Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura and his Nairobi counterpart, Johnson Sakaja, on Wednesday, September 12 wore white headscarves to the Senate Chambers in support of female MPs pursuing observance of a two-thirds gender rule in the House.

On August 29, female lawmakers walked into the National Assembly precincts wearing white headscarves in a bid to push for the observance of the two-thirds gender rule.

The male MPs had – until then –, never seen such a protest, hence most of them opposed it.

However, Senators Mwaura and Sakaja decided to defy the odds by putting on white headscarves last Wednesday.

The National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, was among the MPs who opposed the women MPs dress code.

“Mr Speaker, I want you to guide us. We want to know if what we are seeing is in order. We need to be assured of our safety. The people wearing headscarves are threatening and intimidating. I want you to tell us whether the dress code is within the Standing Orders,” Mr Duale said.

Mr Duale went ahead to claim that the dress code represented a sort of a ‘cult’.


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