Kenyan MP, Zuleika Hassan was ordered to leave Parliament for bringing her five-month-old baby into the chamber. According to Zuleika, she brought her baby to work because of a domestic emergency and that parliament didn’t have a creche. Female MPs had to walk out of Kenya’s parliament in solidarity with Zuleika.
According to the house rules, “strangers” are not allowed into the chamber, children included.
A number of male MPs described her actions as shameful.
People have been reacting to this on Twitter. While some think it was wrong for sacking her from parliament for carrying a baby, others argue that the action taken by Kenya’s parliament was right.
Here are some reactions:
They were right to kick her out. What happens if everyone decides to bring their children? Let’s not make this about gender war. https://t.co/kmoCtFdVzo
— Nana Yaw (@yawblvck_) August 8, 2019
Guess every mother can send their babies to work…..
— Samuel Bassah (@sbassah) August 8, 2019
What is the news about this? She broke the rules of house hence face the consequences. She doesn’t have any excuse or whatsoever to be in the house. This is not a matter of looking down upon women.
— Ebi things (@KNambu93) August 8, 2019
Just naive measure!; it is the mother’s right to move with her child. However, what matters is the law of the land; isn’t?
— Hasen Seid (@hasenabew) August 8, 2019
Women must have day care facilities at work. In most cases it’s the women’s responsibility to look after children.Parliament is where these issues are brought to light!If lawmakers don’t understand that challenges women face in order to work who will? Kudos to all who walked out!
— Lynnette Mahlaba (@lynnettemahlaba) August 8, 2019
That was quite unfortunate. The baby was even termed a ‘stranger in the house’
— lule yusuf chelule (@Luleyusuf) August 8, 2019
They were babies once, with mothers who had to fend for them. How we forget.
— Nkosikazi_Afrophile🐘 (@chenaiie_) August 8, 2019
What do you also make of this decision taken by Kenyan’s parliament?