Shame or Fame – how women leaders from NEP look for political relevance in Kenya


Wajir County women Rep , Fatuma Gedi has a number of times appeared in what we term as ‘ Shame or fame ‘ act where it’s believed to be a strategic way for leaders , especially women to solicit relevancy which may come out as awkward or blessings in disguise.

On August 2018 , Fatuma Gedi was on the lips of Kenyans after she was allegedly found in an act of Bribing her colleagues in the toilet to shoot down the sugar report.

A week before that incident , The interior Minister Fred Matiangi said that the authorities have confiscated more than 1000 bags of illegally imported sugar from warehouse in Nairobi and other parts of the country, he also added that
harmful samples of copper and mercury was found in a sample of sugar tested in the government chemist .

Kimilili MP , Didmus Baraza sensationally unmasked Fatuma Gedi as the one behind the shooting of the controversial sugar report , he also singled out the women legislature approached him with an envelope containing ksh10, 000 and tried to give him the cash so that he would reject the sugar report .

In another case , Garissa women MP Anab Subow was found in an act of “shame or fame ” after she vowed to name her unborn after Deputy President William Ruto.

Anab who is a member of the ruling jubille party is amongst the women MPs loyal to the Deputy President , while speaking at Tharaka Nithi county , the women legislature showed her baby pump , rubbing it as she tells the resident to support the Deputy President in 2022.

” Ruto ametosha. Nikiweka mtoto ataitwa Ruto. (Ruto suffices. When I deliver my child, he will be named after him ” she stated.

Last week , in a video that went viral on social media, Anab Subow was seen launching a scathing attack on ODM leader Raila Odinga over the Kibra by- election calling him a “devil”.

In the video , The Women MP was heard saying ” Shetani ashindwe… na huyu mzee anaitwa Baba, sijui ni baba ya nani. Huyu mzee ni mkubwa hata hajatahirishwa. Yeye ni baba lakini aende¬†loosely translated , ( Rebuke the devil , This old man called Baba , I don’t know whose father is , he is an old man and is not circumcised. Let him go back to Bondo to get circumcised.

As this “shame or fame” act may make the women leaders popular nationally, at their backyards the case is different. Electorates only value service delivery, a weigh that will least favor them.

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