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MP with baby removed from Parliament

Publish date: 12 August 2019
Issue Number: 836
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Kenya

The Kenyan Parliament's ejection of a female lawmaker for bringing her five-month-old baby to a session last Wednesday has sparked debate on breast-feeding mothers in the workplace. This after lawmaker Zuleika Hassan carried her five-month-old baby into a legislative session and several male MPs ordered them to leave. ‘Mr Speaker, this is an abuse of the house and that member must be cited for gross misconduct. We must protect the dignity of the house,’ said lawmaker Aden Duale. Acting House Speaker Christopher Omulele directed the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove her from the chamber. Voice of America reports that Parliament in 2017 passed a motion compelling employers to provide private spaces for mothers and their children. Proponents of the legislation say little progress has been made since.

Full Voice of America report