Nairobi MP Esther Passaris, who has been recently in the news for controversial reasons, caused a stir in Parliament when she arrived whit a very huge backpack on Friday morning.
Majority leader Aden Duale perhaps informed by the terror attacks that have rocked the country in recent times told the speaker that the house was not safe with the bag around.
Mr. Speaker Hon. Esther Passaris is carrying a huge bag on her back. We are not safe here. That is not a ladies’ handbag.’ Duale said.
Parliament minority leader John Mbadi asked speaker Justin Muturi to clarify the kind of bags that MPs should carry to the house.
‘We need to be clear on which kind of bags one should bring to the house. One day I might come with a huge bag on my head.’
However, Mbadi’s words were not well received by some of the other members.
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo accused Mbadi of trying to bags gender.
‘Is there a woman bag and a male bag? It seems the men want to take over the bags from us Mr. Speaker’ the outspoken lawmaker said.
In her defence, Passaris said she carried the huge bag because of she had a back problem.
‘I have a problem with my back and my doctor has advised that I balance the weight and that is why I am carrying a backpack to balance the weight.’ The MP said. She added that the bag had been checked by the Sergeant at arms.
Passaris also accused Duale of being so obsessed with everything that she does.
The speaker allowed Passaris to keep the bag after the sergeant at arms had confirmed that it was not a weapon of mass destruction.
The Nairobi Women Rep has coated a lot of controversies recently following her fight with governor Mike Sonko. On Thursday, Passaris revealed on national tv that she put her 16-year-old daughter on contraceptives because she didn’t want abortion to be her birth control.