Friday, November 21, 2003

Kenya: much ado over handbags

11 women MPs walked into chambers carrying their handbags ...
The action caused an uproar, with Mr Raphael Wanjala (Budalangi, Narc) demanding that the Speaker address the issue.

"Mr Speaker Sir, is it in order for the women to carry their handbags. They could be carrying offensive weapons," he said.

... Water Development Minister Martha Karua said ... men MPs could too be carrying offensive weapons in their pockets.
And the women MPs staged a walkout in protest. The anti-handbag rule was instituted months ago ... because handbags can be used to carry something dangerous into the chambers.