Drama ensued in the Senate on Tuesday, February 14, after nominated senator Gloria Orwoba matched in the house wearing blood-stained trouser.
Senator Orwoba had attended the session in a white blazer, green top, and matching white trousers.
The female legislator claimed she was on her period, describing the stain as the result of “a natural accident” in a plan to demonstrate the ordeal young girls from poor backgrounds go through when experiencing their menstrual cycle.
Orwoba who was nominated by a United Democratic Alliance party had gone to give a notice of motion on Free Sanitary towels.
The motion seeks to facilitate the provision of feminine hygiene products in all public schools to end period poverty.
Orwoba’s dress code elicited sharp reactions from a section of members of the house prompting the speaker of the house to kick her out.
Nominated Senator Tabitha Mutinda sought speaker Amason Kingi’s advice on Orwoba’s dress code.
“I find it very uncomfortable. Very inappropriate for our colleague Senator Gloria to step in and you don’t understand if she is on a normal woman cycle or she is faking it. It is so indecent,” Mutinda said.
On his part, Kitui senator Enoch Wambua blasted Orwoba for publicly exposing herself instead of handling the situation in a respectful and dignified manner.
“What Senator Gloria has done to this House today is a disgrace and a lot of shame. This should not have happened and must not be allowed to ever happen whatever the reason, whatever the cause,” Senator Wambua said.
Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale said he was aware of the challenges girls face during menstruation, but bringing it forward in the way Orwoba did was not honorable.
“Speaker, do not allow this Senate to be defined by the immaturity and excitement of just a few potatoes. I saw you were pained about how you would speak on the issue of menstruation that was being conversed on the floor of the House. It should never happen again,” Khalwale said.