Esther Passaris is a member of the National Assembly. Currently serving as Nairobi’s Woman Representative in Parliament. Passaris recently shared her thoughts on the abduction of Baby Kiano and her desire for the Mazzoncini family to be reunited.

It has been more than 30 days since Baby Kiano was abducted and his whereabouts are still not known. The legal process is underway but dragging along despite the urgency of finding the baby who is also sickly and needs regular medication. Also see CNN’s recent cover on Kiano’s abduction.

Esther Passaris Message about baby Kiano on the International Day of Families:

Yesterday, 15th May 2019, was the International Day of Families. Esther Passaris had one main message to share:

On this International #DayofFamilies, my thoughts go out to #BabyKiano and other families that need to be reunited with their loved ones… #IDoF2019. – @estherpassaris #BringKianoHome Click To Tweet
Esther Passaris with her children: Makena Ngugi and Pius Ngugi
Esther Passaris with her children: Makena Ngugi and Pius Ngugi

On this International #DayofFamilies, my thoughts go out to #BabyKiano and other families that need to be reunited with their loved ones. Family is the most basic and fundamental unit of our society and it must be safeguarded at all cost! #IDoF2019.

Esther Passaris

The annual observance of the International Day of Families reflects the importance the international community attaches to families and their role in development.

Recent commemorations of the Day focused on the role of families for the achievement of SDGs 1 – 5 and SDG 16.

The Abduction of Baby Kiano:

On the night of Friday, April 5 2019, eleven unidentified men raided a flat in Westlands and took away Baby Kiano. More than 30 day's later, Kiano's whereabouts are unknown #BringKianoHome Click To Tweet
Supporters of Baby Kiano at Mlimani Law Courts - Kianos Rights are Human Rights
Supporters of Baby Kiano at Mlimani Law Courts – Kianos Rights are Human Rights

On the night of Friday, April 5 2019, eleven men who said they were police officers raided a flat in Westlands and took away the child from Matt and Daisy Mazzoncini.

They refused to identify themselves or to show a court order allowing them to take away the child. Some of their faces were covered to conceal their identity. They claimed they were police officers but they didn’t have badges and only one flashed a business card.

They wore hoodies and took Kiano away with them. Until today, it has been more than 30 days since Baby Kiano went missing.

For more information about how the Abduction happened, the current legal process and the voices of other people, Read more about Baby Kiano here (Opens in a new tab).

Esther Passaris holding a young baby Kenna (Makena Ngugi)
Esther Passaris holding a young baby Kenna (Makena Ngugi)
Makena Ngugi - Esther Passaris Daughter
Makena Ngugi – Esther Passaris Daughter

Understanding The Pain of a Mother:

Being Nairobi’s Women Representative and a mother of two, Makenna Ngugi and Pius Ngugi, Passaris knows the challenges of motherhood too well.

Her call for baby Kiano was that of someone who knows the importance of family and empathises with the pain of a mother losing a child. She has been outspoken about many issues affecting families, women and youth.

The call by @estherpassaris and others for the return of baby Kiano is that of people who understand the importance of family and empathize with the pain of a mother losing a child. #BringKianoHome Click To Tweet
Kianos Rights are Human Rights - Esther Passaris calls for Baby Kiano’s Return on International Day of Families
Kianos Rights are Human Rights – Esther Passaris calls for Baby Kiano’s Return on International Day of Families

As she talked about baby Kiano, she was also celebrating the birthday of her daughter, Makenna Ngugi. She posted this love message to celebrate her, along with a throwback picture of Makena as a little baby and the now grow girl.

Happy Birthday Kenna. Looking at the baby girl on my lap and the young lady you are today, I’m glad you’ve retained your smile and continue to count God’s blessings. Amidst life’s challenges, don’t forget to take good care of the person in the mirror, for she is dearly loved.

Esthers Birthday massage to her Daughter, Makenna Ngugi
Makena Ngugi - Esther Passaris Daughter
Makena Ngugi – Esther Passaris Daughter

Human Rights Advocacy by Esther Passaris:

Born on October 20, 1964, Esther Passaris has been a human rights advocate which is one of the reasons she was elected to be a representative. She believes that poverty among Kenyan’s is inflicted by leaders and can only end with ethical and selfless leaders in power. 

Also known as Mama Taa for the Adopt a light project that lit up the dark alleys of Nairobi, Esther Passaris has been vocal about social issues for decades and has been consistently speaking on behalf of the people.

Also known as Mama Taa for the Adopt a light project that lit up the dark alleys of Nairobi, @EstherPassaris has been vocal about social issues for decades and has been consistently speaking on behalf of the people. #BringKianoHome Click To Tweet
Esther Passaris calls for Baby Kiano’s Return on International Day of Families
Esther Passaris calls for Baby Kiano’s Return on International Day of Families

One of her Favorite Quotations is by Confucius:

“In a country well governed, Poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

Confucius

Among a long list of issues, Passaris has advocated for the strengthening of social structures in Nairobi by establishing shelters as a mediation strategy to the temporary homelessness caused by the forced evictions.

In a country well governed, Poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. – Confucius #BringKianoHome Click To Tweet

Her office is accessible on the ground with an excellent team of Sectional Heads and NGAAF Committee Members ready to work with the County and National Government to mobilise the youth who will spearhead this change at the ward level.

Esther Passaris’ Responsibilities:

Her responsibilities as Member of the National Assembly includes:

  • Representation – Acts on your behalf on issues of concern to you & the nation.
  • Oversight – Controls budget, oversees the presidency, ministries and parastatals plus appointments.
  • Legislation – Develops or contributes to law making.
  • NG-CDF – Runs the Constituency Development Fund.
Picture from a recent USIU Grabbed Land protest - Esther Passaris calls for Baby Kiano’s Return on International Day of Families
Picture from a recent USIU Grabbed Land protest – Esther Passaris calls for Baby Kiano’s Return on International Day of Families

Recent Parliamentary Appearances and Issues Raised by Esther Passaris:

Below is a an excerpt from Esther Passaris’ recent parliamentary appearances and over 85 speeches in Parliament:

This afternoon we had a meeting with CS Matiang’i to talk about stateless citizens and we were happy because we were received well. We discussed inclusivity. Even those who came into the country during pre-independence through the British live amongst us. Some of them have been thriving on illegalities.

We talked about how we can ensure that everyone in our country should contribute to the economy and social growth of this country. Obviously, we understand that there are security challenges. We want to protect our citizens. We must ensure that we deal with the issues of statelessness. The President has a four-point agenda, housing being one of them.

We have realised that we have a problem in accepting the agenda on housing. It is purely because it has not been communicated to the grassroots. We have to stop doing things in big offices and not involving citizens. If the citizens had a chance to buy a house in this noble project of ensuring that every Kenyan has a house, I think we would not have a problem in getting Kenyans to agree to pay for it.

If you look at Scandinavian countries, you will find that some are paying taxes to the tune of 60 per cent. They do not have a problem paying those taxes. It is because they are assured of good medical attention when they go to hospitals. They get medication at an affordable rate. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposes only. Acertified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.

Esther Passaris at the National Assembly

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