Garissa Woman Representative Anab Subow was on Sunday on the receiving end of Kenyans wrath over her recent remarks on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Ms Subow is heard in a video that has gone viral referring to Raila as a devil who is not circumcised.
“Shetani ashindwee……..na huyu mzee anaitwa baba, sijui ni baba ya nani. Huyu mzee ni mkubwa hata hajatahirishwa. Yeye ni baba lakini aende Bondo akatahirishwe kwanza. Kwani yeye ni nani, mbona hazeeki,” said Ms Subow on Saturday.
Loosely translated, “Rebuke the devil…this old man called Baba [father], I don’t know whose father. This uncircumcised old man should go back to Bondo and be circumcised first. Why is he not ageing.”
She added, Anasema Kibra ni yake, but sisi tunajua Kibra ni ya wakenya…..sio bedroom yake. Tutampeleka Bondo aende azeeke akufie huko.”
Loosely translated, “He claims Kibra is his, but we know that Kibra is not his bedroom. We shall retire him to Bondo, so that he can go and die there.”
She was reacting to recent violence meted at Jubilee leaders and their supporters in the recent Kibra by-election.
The lawmaker, who is eight months pregnant, was among a number of leaders including Kimilili MP Didmas Barasa who were roughed up by goons alleged to be supporters of ODM while in the company of Dagoretti North lawmaker Simba Arati.
She joined a list of other Jubilee leaders who have condemned the violence including Deputy President William Ruto, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwalwe and Barasa. The leaders called on ODM to apologise.
The woman rep’s remarks faced a backlash on social media. With many accusing her of disrespecting the AU envoy.
Kenyans on Twitter, popularly known as KOT, called on her to retract her distasteful remarks.
So the Garissa Women Rep insulted Raila Odinga with the most vulgar words that can come out of anyone's mouth…. Sad that we have sunk so low
— 🇰🇪Kgosi Samora🇧🇼🇿🇦 (@Samora_KE) November 10, 2019
WHEN PUBLIC insults by our leaders invite and sustain a pervading sense of lawlessness. Garissa Women Rep Anab Gure didn't have to insult ex-PM Raila Odinga in the manner she did. There must be a red-line that leaders, enjoying the democratic space, shouldn't cross #ConsumerVoice pic.twitter.com/UIcjmDbOi6
— Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) (@CofekRebranded) November 10, 2019
Suba North MP Mille Odhiambo criticized the lawmaker saying it was unfortunate that she uttered the words yet she has never contributed anything on the floor of parliament.
“There is a woman who has abused Hon Raila Odinga calling him “shetani” and asking him to go and get circumcised. I thought she was an MCA but was shocked to learn she is the Women Rep of Garrisa County. I have never heard her represent the great people of Garrisa in parliament,” she wrote.
Millie echoed the same words while speaking at DC grounds in Kibra on Sunday during a thanksgiving ceremony following ODM’s Imran Okoth win.
Rejoinder to Garissa Women rep who insulted Raila Odinga yesterday pic.twitter.com/lYJ2Bt3AT1
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) November 10, 2019
Others said the woman rep’s conduct was against the Muslim culture.
Rer Garissa what is wrong with you? Why did you unleash a mad woman to Kenyans in the name of Anab as your WR? How comes a Muslimah and a Somali goes to a podium, insult an elder and talk about his Genitals? It's a shame to our mothers and sisters. She needs serious "Quran Saar"
— Mukhtar Maalim, MBS (@muktar_maalim) November 10, 2019
I condem in the strongest term possible on the unethical utterances made by one Garissa Wrep Anab Subow against @RailaOdinga . It is against our culture and norms for woman to stand in a podium and talk about private parts.we the women of garissa bow our heads in shame . 😢 pic.twitter.com/mmbDBQ2QCj
— Hon Udgoon siyad (@UdgoonSiyad) November 10, 2019
As a Kenyan & a muslim I cringed when I listened to this video by Garissa women rep.The vulgar language directed at @RailaOdinga @JunetMohamed is totally unacceptable. As a women rep Garissa women have serious issues to be addressed. This is madness that ought to be condemned 👊 pic.twitter.com/dlcclh3aqo
— Mohammed Hersi (@mohammedhersi) November 10, 2019
Decorum respectful and obedient to Allah swt laws. Righteous example for Garissa women rep anab to emulate. Let her exercise restrain as regards her speech. https://t.co/solVI6StFF
— Abdirahman Oti. (@AbdirahmanOti) November 10, 2019