It was not a happy ending for a Kenyan lawmaker, Zulekha Hassan, who tried to replicate Australian Greens Party Co-Deputy leader, Larissa Waters, the first woman to feed her baby in parliament, whose story went viral, with acclaim across many parts of the world, according to a report by Whirlwind News on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
In her case, Hassan, was not only humiliated for the audacious behavior, but was practically thrown out of the parliamentary chambers by her colleagues who took umbrage at the action.
The legislator was ordered out of the Kenyan House of Representatives after she walked in with a baby, with the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Chris Omulele, MP Luanda terming the action as “unprecedented.”
The Kwale Woman Rep said she had an emergency that’s why she came to parliament with the baby and suggested that a mother’s room be put in place to curb such situations.
“I have tried really hard not to come with the baby, but today I had an emergency; what was I supposed to do?
“If there was a room, a thresh or a nursery room, I’d be able to then put my baby,” said Zulekha.
She continued: “Today, I had an emergency, what was I supposed to do? Miss parliament? That’s why I just came with her.
“I knew I would be staying here just for a while and later when my situation is better, I would go. But if there was a room or a creche or nursery, I would then be able to put my baby there.”
Waters, an Australian Senator, who fed her baby Alia Joy, right into the chambers in 2017 after she instigated changes to Senate rules a year earlier, extending rules that already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber to allow new mums and dads to briefly care for their infants on the floor of parliament, was quite happy at the record she set.
She was quoted as saying: “If she’s hungry, that’s what you do, you feed your baby
“I hope she doesn’t squawk her head off too much, but she’s probably going to be better behaved than many of the people in that room.”