Kenyan lawmaker Rashid Kassim arrested for allegedly assaulting his female colleague

Kenyan lawmaker Rashid Kassim arrested for allegedly assaulting his female colleague

- Rashid Kassim reportedly assaulted the female politician at the parliament parking lot

- The two leaders differed over budgetary allocation for Wajir East constituency where Kassim is a member of parliament

- Female MPs protested the incident compelling Speaker Justin Muturi to direct police to arrest the lawmaker

Wajir East lawmaker Rashid Kassim has been arrested for assaulting the county's woman representative, Fatuma Gedi

Kassim reportedly punched the female MP leaving her with a bloody mouth after quarreling over budgetary allocation for his constituency.

Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim arrested for allegedly assaulting Wajir woman rep Gedi

Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim has been arrested for allegedly assaulting Wajir woman rep FatumaGedi.Photo: Rashid Kassim/ Facebook

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National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Thursday, June 13, directed the police to arrest the MP and conduct further investigations into the matter, noting the action was criminal and could not be protected under the Powers and Privileges Act

"I direct that the police investigate the matter on the alleged assault on Wajir Woman Rep Hon. Fatuma Gedi, and if necessary prosecute whoever is found culpable. Rules that the matter is criminal rather than a matter for the committee of powers and privileges," he said

Prior to his arrest, female MPs threatened to disrupt the evening session scheduled for budget reading by storming out of debating chamber to protest assault on Gedi.

Led by Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, the female politicians castigated their male counterparts for disrespecting and undermining their role in leadership.

"We do not want to believe it is by coincidence that the Majority leader (Aden Duale) yesterday termed women leaders as endangered species and flower girls and today a woman is assaulted," she said

Murang'a county MP Sabina Chege called for immediate arrest of Kassim, expressing concerns that the habit of male legislator despising them was escalating.

"We are demanding respect from male MPs and we will not allow this barbaric act to go on, we are elected leaders and no one can intimidate us," she said

Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim arrested for allegedly assaulting Wajir woman rep Gedi

Fatuma Gedi records statement at Parliament Police Station following allaged assault from MP Rashid Kassim: Photo/ The Star

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The Wajir East MP accosted his county woman leader at Parliament's parking lot for allegedly failing to allocate any funds to his constituency despite being one of the leaders from the region who had the privilege to sit in the National Assembly's budget committee.

Women leaders have been at loggerheads with their male counterparts in the better part of this month and the battle seems to be escalating.

This began on first date of June during Madaraka Day celebrations where Nairobi governor, Mike Sonko, clashed with county woman leader Esther Passaris.

The quarrel between the two attracted public attention with women leaders castigating Sonko and calling for his arrest.

Before the dust could settle, National Assembly majority leader Duale caused another stir in Parliament on Tuesday, June 11, after hinting at abolishing the position of woman representatives.

Gedi's assault has just escalated the bad blood between male and female leaders in the country.

Just recently, Legit.ng reported that popular singer, Peruzzi, has tendered his apology to Twitter influencer Pamilerin, for assaulting him at an event.

In a tweet, he tender his apology to Pamilerin and the general public, stating that he let his feelings get the best of him and promised never to get into such a 'mess' again.

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