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How I beat restrictive security to sneak my baby into Parliament

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Kwale Woman Representative Zuleikha Juma Hassan says she has no regrets entering the debating Chamber of the National Assembly on Wednesday with her five-month-old baby girl.

The incident was captured by both local and international media. The Chamber is only reserved for 349 elected and nominated members, the Speaker, three clerks and, of course, the sergeant-at-arms.

Ms Hassan argues that hers was a case of agitating for the issues affecting women, especially the employed, who lack basic amenities like crèches at their work places so that they can attend to their children, including by breastfeeding, whenever needed.

She says that she had no intentions whatsoever to go against the Standing Orders, which govern the conduct of MPs, and other persons inside the Chamber or within the precincts of Parliament. The incident coincided with the breastfeeding week, but the mother of three maintains that she was not aware of the occasion.

She says that she has been having problems with who to leave her children, just like any other mother, whenever their nannies call in to say they are sick or have an emergency.

She says she learnt on Tuesday evening that her nanny would not be available. With no intentions of staying at home and miss her parliamentary duties, she resolved to carry the baby to the Chamber. “I had to plan how to drive my point home and, sure enough, it was a success,” Ms Hassan says.

“I said this is enough. Why should I miss work just because I have a baby? This made me reflect that if I don’t do it now, I should forget about it altogether,” she says adding, “I called my hubby and explained to him and he gave me the go-ahead.”

That Wednesday morning, she dressed her baby and set off to work.

“My official car was in Kwale at the time and I decided to take a cab to Bunge,” Ms Hassan said.

With the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) policy on facilitation for lactating MPs and staff of Parliament in place, passing through the heavily guarded gates of Parliament buildings was not a problem.

She later sneaked into the Chambers through the rear entrance, past an absent-minded orderly.

“He tried to block me but it was very late. I was already in the Chamber by the time he was pleading. I went straight to the front row where I wanted the Speaker to notice me easily and started breastfeeding my little angel.”

At the time, temporary Speaker Christopher Omulele (Luanda) was on the chair. “The orderlies came to me in their numbers and requested that I give them the baby. But I told them the baby would cry,” she says.

Mr Omulele later ordered her to leave the Chamber immediately, a thing she terms harsh.

“I believe if it were Mr Muturi, he would have allowed time for other members to have a say on the incident,” she says.

After making her point, she went straight to her house. Later that day, the management of Parliament ordered for the hurried refurbishment of the nursery at Continental House, where MPs have offices. By the end of the day, the room was fully equipped with cots and toys, among other baby items.

The National Assembly Friday night denied claims by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) that Ms Hassan and her baby were manhandled.

“The Standing Orders obligate the Speaker to order a member who conducts himself or herself in a disorderly manner to leave the Chamber. Ms Hassan left the Chamber in compliance with the Speaker’s directive,” said Clerk Michael Sialai.

In its statement, the LSK through its chairman Allen Waiyaki had condemned what it described as archaic act and termed it as grossly unfair and discriminatory to not only the Member of Parliament but also to the infant.

Mr Sialai said Parliament has facilities for lactating members and staff; baby day care within its precincts and that the rule of law and the Constitution is always upheld.

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Chile Military plane goes missing with 38 aboard

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A Chilean military plane board 38 individuals is reported to have gone missing just after takeoff from the country’s south for a station in Antarctica. It is believed to have crashed.

Crew members aboard C-130 were seventeen, and the others were passengers.

Chile air force statement on Tuesday added: “all national and international air and maritime means available in the area are continuing the search (for survivors) in the sector where communications were lost with the aircraft.”

The aircraft lost contact about over an hour after taking off. The plane took off Monday at 4.55 pm (19:55 GMT) from an airbase in Punta Arenas in Chile’s far south and contact was lost at 6.13 pm.

The onboard members were to sort logistical support roles at Chile’s Eduardo Frei Antarctic base — the country’s largest, the Air Force said.

The crew was as well being flown to examine the base’s floating fuel supply pipeline and carry out any anti-corrosive measures at the facility.

“The plane did have a satellite positioning system, but it did not appear to be working during the early morning search, “said Eduardo Mosqueira, Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade.

President Sebastian Pinera’s country has been facing severe civil unrest in decades. He said in a tweet, he would fly to the southern city of Punta Arenas with Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

Upon arrival, he would speak with Defense Minister Alberto Espina on how to conduct the search and rescue mission using aircraft and navy vessels.

This is the latest occurrence in the country. The Chileans have been protesting social and economic inequality as well as entrenched political elite for almost two months.  In a report by the Organization of American States, this crisis and its demonstrations have resulted in 26 deaths and over 12000 injuries.

 

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Bob, Eliud Kipchoge top list of 2019 most searched on Google

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Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and marathoner Eliud Kipchoge have topped the list of 2019 most searched on Google.

Other local personalities are John DeMathew, Joyce Laboso, Ken Okoth, Tob Cohen, Governor Mike Sonko, Jonathan Moi, Ivy Wangeci and Esther Arunga.Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Avengers Endgame, Bird Box, When They See Us and Sex and the City topped the list on most popular movies and serieses.Can you drive a manual car?

Well, ‘how to drive a manual car’ topped the list of Google How-to searches.Others in the list included how to file returns, apply for a passport, start a business, make money, [to be] successful in life, get a baby boy,  check CRB status, check KCPE results 2019 and get pregnant.The information by Google was released on Monday night at a Nairobi hotel.

Other top trending local personality searches listed Ken Okoth, Joyce Laboso, Tob Cohen, Ivy Wangeci, Imran Okoth and McDonald Mariga.Okoth and Laboso died from cancer on July 26 and 29 respectively.

Their deaths, and that of Safaricom ex-CEO Collymore shaped conversations on the scourge and what the government is doing to curb the rising numbers.

Top trending news searches featured Form I selection 2020, the Likoni Ferry tragedy, BBI report and Kibra elections.

Also in the list were the Ethiopian air crash, KCPE results 2019, the Dusit Riverside attack and Census 2019.

Top trending personality searches included Zimbabwe former President Robert Mugabe, musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Nipsey Hustle, David Luiz, Bruno Fernandez, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, Harry Maguire and footballer Nicolas Pépé.The list on top how-to tech searches majorly revolved around phones.

They included how to track a phone number, take care of a phone, hack a phone and track a lost phone.Other How-to searches included downloading YouTube videos, creating a website, hacking Wi-Fi, converting PDF to Word, creating a YouTube channel and paying for parking.

Cooking tips and queries made it to the list of top 2019 searches, including how to cook mandazi, bake a simple cake, make pancakes or cook omena and spaghetti.

Health queries in the Google search surrounded calculating BMI, losing belly fat, losing weight, reducing tummy and getting pregnant.Trending sports searches were the Africa cup of nations 2019, Uefa nations league, ICC world cup 2019, Rugby World Cup, EPL, women’s world cup, Kariobangi sharks vs Everton and Zarika vs Phiri.

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SPONSORED: Luxurious Thika Superhighway Properties

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Optiven Real Estate in partnership with Equity Investment Co-operative Society Limited is enabling Kenyans to own very prime properties in this leafy suburb at Thika Greens. This jewel property is located in a serene environment along Thika Super Highway, and with up to 90% financing from Equity bank.

Available amenities include:

  • 18 Hole par 72 Championship Golf Course
  • Tarmacked & Well maintained roads
  • Water and electricity on site
  • 24/7 top security
  • Magnificent Operating Club House
  • Golf Villas that offer World class accommodation services
  • A state-of-the-art entry gate
  • Stone perimeter wall
  • Controlled development with a variety of residential house plans to choose from
  • What’s more, the project has Water, Electricity, Common areas, House designs and Ready Title Deeds.
  • The project landscaping is only comparable to none. This is where every human desires to live and enjoy life

 


Investment Offer

  • Cash price: From Ksh. 3.28M depending on the size and location – We have 1/8th, 1/4, 1/2, 1 acre and  2 to 3 acres
  • Installments: Deposit 10% and get 90% financing for 10 years.

Ease of Acquisition

  • The bank has a dedicated personal to help you process the loan. You only require to pay 10%, with 90% financing done by Equity Bank.
  • You can easily buy a property in this amazing project through the following ways:
  • The customer is only required to raise 10% of purchase price and 90% will be funded by Equity bank.
  • The customer will be required to pick their property of choice; then undergo an appraisal by the bank.
  • Cash buyers are welcomed as well.
  • Installment option of up to 12 months is available for those who opt not to go the loan way.
  • We have very few plots available depending on the size and location
  • Make a good Choice Today and be part of this success story that is in the making

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