MP refers to Gladys Shollei as ‘Madam Speaker Sir’

MP refers to Gladys Shollei as ‘Madam Speaker Sir’

By Peter Ochieng

As the newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) continue to enjoy their first days in office, it is clear that they will need acres of time to master Parliamentary language, and perhaps some standing orders.

They will need to learn, very first, that the Speaker being a man (Moses Wetang’ula) will be addressed as “Mr. Speaker Sir” while the Deputy Speaker, Gladys Boss Shollei being a woman will be addressed as “Madam Speaker.”

Mumias East Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Salasya on Wednesday referred to Shollei as “Madam Speaker Sir,” throwing his colleagues into fits of laughter.

The youthful MP rose to speak on various issues pertaining to his constituency, including lack of electricity in some areas denying his constituents a chance to watch Television.

“Madam Speaker Sir,” he said repeatedly before some of his colleagues corrected him.

“Madam Speaker,” he was reminded as other MPs burst into laughter.

“Madam Speaker,” he corrected himself.

“With time I will be able to get it,” she added as Shollei smiled on.

Salasya is among MPs serving for the first time, having been elected for the first term on August 09, 2022.

He got a ticket to the 13th Parliament after winning the MP race on the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K).

He replaced Benjamin Washiali who did not defend the MP seat after serving for three consecutive terms.

The Mumias East MP was overwhelmingly voted for, despite not having money to ‘buy’ support during campaigns.

He is among over 10 youthful MPs, but what separates him from the rest is his sense of humour.

“I was monolised in form one,  I will not accept to be monolised in this house,” he said as he took his seat.


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