Garissa Women Representative Anab Subow Gure caused a stir after she stepped out with armed female bodyguards on Monday, July 12.
The armed bodyguards who were donning hijabs, military combat bulletproof vests and had AK47 were in tow as the lawmaker attended several events in the county.
The duo maintained tight security as the lawmaker strolled around DekaHarja ward in the company of Bura East Deputy County Commissioner, Kipkirui Arap Bett, Fafi OCPD Lawrence Muchangi and Border Point Unit commander Muita Sashi.
The security detail caused a storm with some Kenyans questioning their details while others lauded them.
Other netizens pointed out that while the lawmaker was heavily guarded, the same people she represents are confronted with the realities of insecurity in their daily lives and urged her to use her office to make the situation better.
“Impressive. The photo of the day,” Abdinasir Jiran noted
“The aides are risking their lives and the lives of other Kenyans. How can one handle firearms in such a manner,” criticized one Andinasir Omar.
“I oversaw the commencement of the registrations of persons for the National Identity Card in DekaHarja ward. The exercise will cover Galmagala, Dekaharja, Bula Golol, Gubis and Hajijimay for the next seven days.
“Later I held a baraza to inform the locals of the need to put efforts in registering their children once they attain 18-years of age,” she posted on her social media pages.
The MP becomes among the first to break societal barriers by moving around with all-female security detail donning hijabs.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made history in 2018 when he became the first head of state to get an assistant female Aide-de-Camp (ADC) Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Nduta Kamui who was drawn from the Kenya Air Force.
Across the border, Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu also has female bodyguards.