Wajir East MP Rashid Amin was arrested for assaulting Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi at Parliament buildings. The lawmaker was apprehended after being questioned for two hours over the incident that Ms Gedi said took place at the parking lot at about 9.55am on Thursday. Gladys Wanga, who is also a women rep witnessed the incident and narrated how she heard insults and blows.
After the violence incident, she came out strongly to thank the people who came out publicly to condemn the physical assault. She advised the women to join hands and work in unison because their enemies are visibly willing to go extra lengths just to put her down. Fatuma Gedi continued to say that Division politics should be put aside because it is the time for unity and development. We shouldn’t focus on politics all the time, we need to put people first by supporting the president’s agenda.
The DCI is also investigating involvement of other parliamentarians in putting up and circulating a pornographic video that is alleged to be that of Fatuma Gedi. It was said to have been done in a defamation effort to the young vocal woman. The Fatuma Gedi Sex Tape That Has Been Trending was a fake that was put out to soil her name. The pornographic video has spread like wild fire and the majority of Kenyans continue to seek it. A close confidant of Parliamentarian shared with the following message on 4 reasons why the video might be a photoshop:
1) the woman in the video has tatoo drawing on her left hand. Since when did Fatuma Gedi get a tattoo?
2) She has her nails on Cutex. It has white cutex, Cutex is what non-somali women put on their nails. Somali women usually it on henna—black or red
3) Fatuma Gedi is the Women Representative of Wajir County. For argument sake, let’s say she is the person in the video. If it’s true, why would she allow recorded on mobile camera?
4)The voice in the video is a voice-over sound.
Controversial incidents surround Wajir Women Rep Fatuma Gedi but she continues to push for development and speak courageously about what she believes in. This has seemed to put her on the attacking end of politicians who not support her. She has been said to bribe mps that led to the report being rejected in the parliament.
Fatuma Gedi Ali’s biography places her as the youngest, female member of parliament in kenya, especially from a marginalised part pf the country. She was 25 years old and expectant when she first got into politics. The people she was running against didn’t take her seriously and felt like there is nothing she can contribute. It took courage for her to convince the voters buy targeting youth and women who were marginalised, disadvantaged and discriminated.
In an interview that was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union’s Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. She talked about her experience as a young female political candidate.
As a Member of the National Assembly in Kenya, Fatuma Gedi who is also the current Women representatives for Wajir County has been a member of Orange Democratic Movement also called the ODM political party since January 18th 2013. In 2013, when she was 26, she vied for a women representative seat and she won to become the first women representative for Wajir county.
Fatuma Gedi’s Education Background is in Public relations. In 2007, she attended the Regional Institute of Business Management, where she studied and graduated with a Higher Diploma in Public Relations. She also has a Diploma in Agriculture and Home Economics from Egerton College and Masters in Agriculture Extension from University of Reading, UK.
She has been very vocal in parliament and has not held back her voice. She has been reprimanded by Parliament Speaker Justin Muturi for interrupting Majority Leader Aden Duale’s speech during a parliamentary session. Though this shows courage to speak out for what she believes in, many looked at it as disrespect to Hon Duale who is the age of her father, and said it was against the somali culture. Fatuma Gedi can be contacted via Twitter or Facebook where she is very active. Her social media profiles are part of what contributed to her successful election.
If Women Political leaders like Fatuma Gedi can experience verbal abuse and physical violence right within parliament, what about the other women in the rest of the country?