House business in the senate was on Tuesday forced to a halt, after Nominated Senator Gloria Orwoba was kicked out during a Plenary session for wearing what appeared to be a stained attire.
Senator Orwoba had attended the session in a white blazer, green top, and a matching white trouser that was however seemingly sporting a pink stain.
Fellow Nominated Senator Tabitha Mutinda raised the matter on the floor of the House on a point of order, seeking directions from Speaker Amason Kingi on the dress code.
According to Senator Mutinda, Orwoba’s dressing was “inappropriate” and “indecent”.
“I stand seeking guidance on the Speaker’s rule number 5 in regards to the dress code, and I need to seek advice if Senator Gloria is appropriately dressed for the House,” she said.
“As a woman and a Senator, I find it very uncomfortable, very inappropriate, for our colleague Senator Gloria to step in and you don’t understand if she’s on the normal woman cycle or it is faking it, and it is so indecent. It disturbs me, as a woman, on what we indicate out there to our younger generation that looks upon us on how we dress, as leaders, in this House. There is a better way to bring this out,” she added.
Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua and his Narok counterpart Ledama ole Kina agreed with Ms. Mutinda’s sentiments, opining that Ms. Orwoba should – at the very least – have covered herself after noticing that she was on her period, as she alleged.
“It is quite evident that the distinguished Senator is picketing. She’s not on her menstrual cycle, it is quite clear that what she’s trying to share with the rest of the world is that she’s picketing,” Senator Olekina said.
Senator Orwoba, on her part, slammed her colleagues who had criticised her noting that what she was undergoing was a natural exercise for all women that one should not be shamed about.
Orwoba was however not permanently ejected from the Senate Plenary session, as Speaker Kingi merely asked her to leave the chambers to go and change her outfit then return in one that was not stained.
Meanwhile, nominated senator Karen Nyamu was also ejected for dressing “inappropriately”.
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