Sonko kicked out again over ear stud

August 16, 2011 4:12 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 16 – Flamboyant Makadara MP Gideon Mbuvi alias Sonko was on Tuesday kicked out of Parliament yet again for being dressed ‘inappropriately’ for a parliamentary session.

Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale was the first member to query Mr Mbuvi’s choice of attire “for spotting an ear stud.”

Mr Mbuvi got away with it the first time, but when Kisumu Town West colleague Olago Aluoch stood up to raise a similar query, Mr Mbuvi vehemently denied he was wearing an ear stud and dared fellow MPs to search him.

“The honourable member is day dreaming. They can even check in my pockets,” Mr Mbuvi retorted.

This time around the Speaker Kenneth Marende took action, ordering Mr Mbuvi out of the chamber for behaving in a disorderly manner.

Mr Marende said: “Members don’t day dream. This is the second time that observation has been made. The first time it escaped my attention, it also possible that you are playing hide and seek like my children do. And since you are not my child, I am afraid I will have to ask you to withdraw for the rest of the day.”

However, not all members were opposed to Mr Mbuvi’s dress code with Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto saying the House should be open minded in light of changing times.

“Mr Speaker with due respect to your ruling, I wonder whether you cannot allow these studs considering the Chief Justice also dons them,” Mr Ruto said before he was ordered to return to his seat since the Speaker had already ruled on the matter.

Mr Mbuvi has in the past explained that his mode of dressing represents the youth and is an expression of his solidarity with the millions of youngsters countrywide who cannot voice their concerns in a public forum.

This is the second time the Makadara MP has been ejected from Parliament over his mode of dressing.

In March this year, Mr Mbuvi was ordered out of Parliament’s chamber for being dressed inappropriately. At the time, Mr Mbuvi was wearing dark sunglasses and studs on both ears.


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