Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris on Sunday came under heavy criticism after she blasted a Twitter user who criticized her for seeking medical attention abroad.
Passaris on Friday and Saturday took to social media to announce that she had undergone a successful spinal surgery at an Indian hospital.
I flew to Ahmedabad, India on 31st December, 2019 and successfully had Spinal Surgery the following day at CIMS Hospital. I thank God for the Gift of Life, my family for their unconditional love and everyone who whispered a word of prayer as I went in. #OfficiallyMadeOfTitanium pic.twitter.com/9f4ssAkMGp
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) January 3, 2020
This however did not go down well with a section of Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) who felt that, as an elected Kenyan leader who sits in the Parliamentary Health Committee, she should pursue the improvement of facilities in local hospitals.
One such user, George Gathecha, wrote: “You should stop posting this because, how do you think people from slums feel yet they can’t afford Kenyatta National Hospital KNH?”
You should stop posting this because, how do you think people from slums feel yet they can't afford kenyatta National Hospital KNH.?
— GEORGE GATHECHA (@GEORGEGATHECHA4) January 3, 2020
The Woman Representative, in response, claimed she had invested Ksh. 50 million campaigning to be elected to her position, adding that “I served way before being elected.”
What are you doing about it? #ManUp I invested 50 million to be elected a leader. I served way before being elected. At 55 #OfficiallyMadeOfTitenium because of sacrifices I made. As a member of the Health Commitee we shaping the Presidents #AgendaFourKe #UHCKe being crucial.
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) January 4, 2020
The response drew much criticism from other KOT, including popular rapper King Kaka of the ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’ hit song who castigated the politician for being “selfish.”
@EstherPassaris shame shame Shame. The talk should be on how we have made our health reliable to the point you are getting your surgery at KNH. Wewe Uko Hapo unatuambia juu ya 50million. Stop being selfish for once , just for once and serve the people who put you there. Shame
— KING KAKA (@RabbitTheKing) January 5, 2020
— Mwebi O'Moywaywa (@mmoywaywa) January 5, 2020
Quick maths, Woman Rep salary per month is around 600,000. X 12months X 5 years is something close to 40M.
Why would you invest 50M?
— David Kabiru (@David_Kabiru) January 4, 2020
Waah! Kenyans Lets wake up.This is too much arrogance from an employee we pay with our money and they do nothing
— OJ Robert (@OjRobbert) January 4, 2020
So we ought to be nice to politicians because they ‘invested’ 💰 to be elected? Really 🙄
— Fatma Yussuf (@FatmaYabdi) January 4, 2020
Do you understand the meaning of investing and if so does it mean you were expecting returns and if that is the case then thanks for being https://t.co/fw1keRjFqW I can vote for Nganga to complete the circus.
— Meleas (@Meleas7) January 4, 2020
Passaris is just a result of a rotten and broken system. Talking of investing 50 million in elections, too arrogant in did. Then talking of agenda 4 to cover up for the failed system.
— Jediel Kimathi (@JedielKimath) January 5, 2020