What was supposed to be a simple pop-quiz trivia speedily turned into a nasty face-off after an offensive and insensitive trans slur was launched, with former Murang’a County Women Representative Sabina Chege dragged into the melee.
It all started with a cryptic question on the popular blog Kericho Writers who inquired the identity of a politician whose backside was the only part visible. The figure bore a close resemblance to Public Service Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa.
While most people answered this, some claimed it was former Murang’a County Women Representative Sabina Chege perhaps due to the shaved hairstyle that both have.
However, things got out of control following the comment of one Julax Seng who, in a suggestive reply hinting at Jumwa’s masculine features, answered that the politician in the photo is Isaac Jumwa. This led to an outcry, with his comment being branded as shameful by fellow commentators.
It is worth recalling that Jumwa’s nomination to cabinet caused quite a stir during her vetting by parliament. Not only did the sad story of her childhood and her struggles as well which led her to break down in tears capture a nation’s emotions, but also the issue of her net worth.
Jumwa who is also the former Kilifi MP emerged as one of the most modest nominees, placing her net worth at Sh100 million.
Jumwa who was the eighth to appear before the 15-member parliamentary vetting committee revealed her worth even as she stated that her pension from being a former Kilifi Member of Parliament was her source of income.
The CS nominee thanked the committee for giving her a fair chance to explain herself and put the records straight.
She also thanked the president for giving her the opportunity to serve in the CS position in the subsequent days to come if at all her Nomination will sail through.
“I want to take this chance to thank the president for nominating me to this office. It is a great honor bestowed on me, the people of Kilifi and the women of this country at large,” she stated, comforting herself before the committee.
Jumwa used the opportunity to narrate her political journey before the committee.
Among those who went before the committee prior to Jumwa’s appearance included the nominee for Treasury Cabinet Secretary Prof Njuguna Ndung’u who found himself in a tight spot on trying to disentangle himself from a web of controversy that surrounded his 8-year tint at the helm of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK).
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