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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,13TH JUNE 2019-Police have arrested Wajir East lawmaker Rashid Kassim Amin after an incident within Parliament Buildings where he assaulted Wajir Women Representative Fatuma Gedi Thursday afternoon.
The arrest has bee n confirmed by Nairobi police boss Philip Ndolo .
House Speaker Justin Muturi who confirmed receiving a report on the assault had referred the matter to the police saying Parliament has no room for criminals.
“I have given strict instructions because Parliament cannot harbour criminals. The police must investigate, arrest, and if necessary charge before court anyone that would be found culpable of the assault. It is not a matter of privilege,” Muturi remarked.
Kassim is said to have slapped Gedi accusing her of failing to secure National Government Constituency Development Fund financing for his electorate despite being a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
The Woman Representative reported the matter to Parliament Police Station under OB/20/13/6/2019 after seeking treatment at a Nairobi hospital.
Homa Bay Women Representative Gladys Wanga who witnessed the assault said it is a shame that women lawmakers can be physically attacked within Parliament.
“This morning as we were walking from Parliament to Protection House with Hon Fatuma Gedi, we ran into Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim and they started to have a conversation that was so calm but I could not understand what they were saying in their language. Then all over sudden I heard Hon Rashid hurling insults to Hon Gedi which were followed by blows,” Wanga narrated.
“I am shocked that women leaders can be attacked by none other than their male colleagues in this Parliament. If we leaders are not safe,then how about our women and girls in the counties?” Wanga posed.
The women leaders staged a mass walkout from National Assembly ahead of the budget presentation calling for de-whipping of National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale who they accused of making demeaning remarks against women lawmakers.
“We are not safe and if the leadership of this House cannot protect us then I want to ask the Speaker to allow us to come with pepper spray, guns and knives so that when we are attacked we can defend ourselves,” Kirinyaga Women Representative Purity Ngirici said.