25 March 2010

Kenya: Anger in the House over 'Indecent' Photo

Nairobi — A picture published in The Standard this week showing legs of four women MPs unsettled the House after a member drew the attention of colleagues to it.

The picture showed four pairs of legs and asked readers to identity their owners who happen to be sitting female MPs.

Mr Hussein Gabbow (Wajir North, ODM) rose on a point of order to alert the House to the picture "showing nude legs of parliamentarians" and asked the Speaker's direction on the same.

Questions on the integrity of the House arising from the photograph were raised even as one MP wondered why some female MPs put on skirts that are considered short.

"Is it in order for female MPs to put on short skirts and dresses because sitting here as MPs we also get confused?" asked Mr Benjamin Washiali, (Mumias ODM).

However, his comment elicited sharp reaction from Ms Millie Odhiambo (nominated). "I have a right under the Constitution to put on whatever I want," she said and criticised the photograph published on Monday.

MPs want action taken against the photographer and editor of the newspaper. The Speaker is expected to give a ruling on the matter next Tuesday.

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