Kenyans have expressed mixed reactions following a press statement by Gender CS Kobia defending Governor Anne Waiguru in the midst of an impeachment motion against her by Kirinyaga County MCAs. Most notable is the reaction by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika who has recently been ousted as Majority Whip in the Senate. Sen. Kihika has raised concerns over why the CS did not defend her and her counterpart Hon. Cecily Mbarire when they were being ousted. Cecily Mbarire was ousted as Deputy Majority Whip of the National Assembly.
Wondering if a similar letter from @CSMargaretKobia 4 @CecilyMbarire & I got lost in the mail? Could the Ministry of Gender not be aware that we are women too? Cess, perhaps it’s time for you & I to send Kobia our naked pics then she might stand up for us against the bully too 🤔 pic.twitter.com/NwglthfT51
— Sen. Susan Kihika (@susankihika) June 10, 2020
Political analyst David Makali has also cast aspersions on the sincerity of the statement, insinuating that CS Kobia is using the gender card to advance political interests.
Prof, we must aspire to higher ideals than just fidelity to what is between our legs. https://t.co/SdwFlsOR0s
— David Makali (@davidmakali1) June 10, 2020
I did not intend to comment on this issue, but i would be remiss if I fail to respond to my good friend Prof. Margaret Kobia.
Let’s avoid dragging misogyny in a pure constitutional process on accountability which has remedies available within the law to any aggrieved party. pic.twitter.com/PGpmPE5VAu
— Hon. Wangui Ngirici (@WanguiNgirici) June 10, 2020
Some women leaders have however come to the defense of CS Kobia. Newly-elected deputy speaker of the Senate Prof. Margaret Kamar has told off Sen. Susan Kihika that her ouster was not a result of political witchhunt but of her own doing.
With all due respect Mheshimiwa, the naked part was unnecessary. Anyway, your cases were different & there wasn’t any political witch-hunt. You were NOT LOYAL to your party. Waiguru’s case is full of mens rea.
— PROF. MARGARET KAMAR (@ProfKamar_) June 10, 2020
As the impeachment saga takes shape, with Senate Speaker having formally received the impeachment resolution, only time will tell how the tussle will end.