Fatuma Gedi Emotionally Recounts Brutal Assault by Legislator

  • Wajir woman representative Fatuma Gedi address the press on August 13, 2018. She recounted her harrowing encounter with Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim while testifying at the Millimani Law Courts, October 22, 2019 Facebook
  • Wajir Woman Representative, Fatuma Gedi, on Tuesday, October 22, gave an emotional narration of her violent encounter with Wajir East Member of Parliament Rashid Kassim.

    Speaking at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, the legislator explained details leading up to the scuffle that happened in Parliament. 

    A small crowd gathered outside the courts, donned in branded t-shirts which read 'justice for Gedi', in solidarity with the legislator.

    Gedi maintained that her assault at the hands of her Wajir East counterpart was triggered after he hounded her over his constituency's allocation, which he claimed was too little.

    Citizens gathered outside the Milimani Law Courts in support of Fatuma Gedi October 22, 2019
    Citizens gathered outside the Milimani Law Courts in support of Fatuma Gedi on October 22, 2019

    Capital News reported that he then started shouting at her and questioning why she didn't fight for more funds at the Budget and Appropriations Committee, where she serves as a member.

    “While I was still explaining, the honourable member told me I am a liar and stupid. I told him that he was supposed to mobilize his people, since he was not even there (during the public participation forum),” she narrated.

    It was at this point that Kassim reportedly pounced on her.

    Gedi told the court that the Wajir East legislator punched her squarely on her chin, then followed it up with yet another punch on her neck.

    It took the intervention of Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga and the sergeant-at-arms to save her from the raging Kassim, who was keen to land more punches.

    Women legislators staged a protest and walked out of Parliament following the assault.

    Kassim is currently out on a cash bail of Ksh50,000 after denying the assault charges back in June.

    Wajir East member of Parliament Rashid Kassim Amin at a Milimani court on June 14, 2019, when he was charged with assaulting Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi.
    Wajir East Member of Parliament Rashid Kassim Amin at a Milimani court on June 14, 2019, when he was charged with assaulting Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi.