Senators expressed disappointment with their Elegeyo Marakwet counterpart, Kipchumba Murkomen, after his comments on the attire of Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina.
Majority leader Samuel Poghisio began his opening statement by congratulating Ole Kina on Thursday, July 22 for wearing a costume instead of his usual traditional Maasai attire.
Senators laughed at Poghisio’s comments, but Ole Kina begged the president to rule the majority leader out of order for his remarks. However, Murkomen addressing the Senate on a point of order disagreed with the traditional attire of Senator de Narok.
Narok Ledama Senator Ole Kina in the Senate Chamber in traditional Maasai attire on November 10, 2020
Murkomen equated Ole Kina’s Maasai attire with women’s skirts and further claimed that senators were required to interrupt sessions from time to time and warn Senator Narok to sit properly.
“… We have no problem with the traditional outfit of Senator Ole Kina because this dress looks like a woman’s skirt and in most cases we had to warn Ole Kina to sit properly because the women have a habit of dressing in a special way, ”said Murkomen.
However, Senator Wajir Ali Abdullahi denounced Murkomen for his comments on what he called disrespect for Kenyan women and the way they dress.
Senator Wajir noted that the president has decided to determine that the traditional dress of Ole Kina is well accepted in the premises of the Senate. His feelings were supported by Senator named Mary Yiane de Kajiado.
Senator Yiane felt that Mukomen was shooting at the Maasai community because of his choice of dress, the popular shuka.
Vice President Senator Uasin Gishu County Margaret Kamar noted that Poghisio was not mistaken about his initial comments, adding that Ole Kina’s bandage was not inappropriate.
Murkomen then corrected his statement and remarked that he was not making fun of the Maasai cultural dress. In November 2020, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka ruled that senators were allowed to wear traditional clothing in bedrooms.
His decision came after the Senator from Narok attended a plenary session, wearing Maasai badges, which caught the attention of other members of the House.
Lusaka said the constitution recognizes culture as the foundation of the nation and the cumulative civilization of the Kenyan people. “Therefore, as a speaker, I decide that he is dressed decently and that he must stay,” said the president.
Senator Margaret Kamar’s Deputy Speaker in a sitting in the Upper House on Thursday, July 22, 2021