For a while now, all the criticisms and accusations of shedding crocodile tears have been exclusively levelled against members of the tanga tanga wing of Jubilee party. These leaders have been accused of claiming to be poor hustlers when in reality they are nothing but a bunch of wealthy billionaires who comprise of some of the country’s richest men. However, Ndaragwa member of parliament Jeremiah Kioni appeared to have borrowed a page from the tanga tanga book when he began explaining how desolate and disadvantaged his 95 year old mother is.
The comical address which bordered on the absurd was on Citizen TV’s morning show Daybreak hosted by Sam Gituku. Other guests on the show were Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Boss Shollei, and lawyer Elias Mutuma.
The Ndaragwa legislator claimed that the court totally erred in ruling that the person and stature of the president was not supposed to head a popular initiative. Making reference to his mother who he revealed, is 95 years, he said he declared it as a matter of fact that his mother is the true and quintessential Wanjiku. This, he said, is because she is poor, illiterate, and doesn’t have the means whatsoever to fully understand the BBI process. He went ahead to wonder how on Earth such a person could spearhead the process.
What was surprising was the fact that Kioni tried to portray his mother as suffering the same fate of other 95 year old vulnerable women, totally ignoring the obvious advantages that she enjoys by virtue of being a legislator’s mother.
Though indeed she may be illiterate, the fact that she has a lawmaker in the house to break down any complicated laws to her and explain them in a more understandable form isn’t something that can be ignored. While she probably may not have money, the mobilisation networks and grassroots resources available to her in creating an outreach web is also something that can’t be ignored.
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