Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has expressed her strong displeasure at a letter sent out by Gender Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia where she defended the impeachment of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, bizarrely claiming that the move is an indicator that women leadership is not valued in the country.
In her protest tweet, Kihika wondered out loud why she and her counterpart Cecily Mbarire (Runyenjes Member of Parliament) didn’t receive such letters of support when they were forcefully kicked out of their positions in parliament for failing to adhere to their party’s agenda.
She even went as far as suggesting that maybe submitting their nudes to CS Kobia might somehow convince her that they are women too.
“Perhaps it’s time for you (Cecily Mbarire) and I to send Kobia our naked pics then she might stand up for us against the bully too,” read the final part of her tweet.
Wondering if a similar letter from @CSMargaretKobia 4 @CecilyMbarire & I got lost in the mail? Could the Ministry of Gender not be aware that we are women too? Cess, perhaps it’s time for you & I to send Kobia our naked pics then she might stand up for us against the bully too 🤔 pic.twitter.com/NwglthfT51
— Sen. Susan Kihika (@susankihika) June 10, 2020
On Tuesday, Waiguru was impeached after 23 ward representatives voted in favor of a censure motion debated before the County Assembly.
In the motion was fronted before the floor of the County Assembly, Waiguru was accused of among other things, abuse of power, gross misconduct, and irregular awarding of tenders.
CS Kobia’s remarks have since sparked reactions from netizens including Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi who in his response reminded the minister that those elected leaders are evaluated on their performance and not gender.
“Good morning Prof. The distinguished Governor was elected by popular vote; not affirmative action. Elected leaders are evaluated on meritocracy and performance,” Havi said in a statement shared on Twitter.
Earlier this month, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has been spared in the ongoing purge within the Jubilee Party.
During the meeting attended by 212 MPs, National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and Deputy Majority Whip Cecily Mbarire were stripped of their positions.
The changes in the National Assembly leadership come two weeks after a similar cleanup in the Senate, where DP Ruto allies Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) were ousted.