Kenyan Female Journalists Attack KCB Over Segregation

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao has accused FDC’s iron-woman Ingrid Turinawe and her colleagues of forging a signature to undermine resolutions of The Democratic Alliance (TDA).

Mao made the shocking revelations in his statement issued on Sunday.

He said when the Candidates Selection Committee met to review the nominations they hit a deadlock because the technical issue of Amama Mbabazi’s nomination out of time was raised by some members.

Mao said this matter had already been resolved with Mbabazi sorting out his forms.

The DP leader said the name of Mbabazi’s pressure group was given as NRM Pro-Change and that the former Prime Minister felt that he could face legal challenges from NRM.

He said all that was required was giving information to members.

“Yet here was a committee of Summit attempting to second guess, viagra dosage veto and overrule the Summit. At that time the FDC members walked out, ” Mao blasted Turinawe’s committee.

Turinawe recently said her committee discovered a number of irregularities, inconsistencies, injustices and unfairness and that there was no transparency and the TDA principles and values as stipulated in the protocol were violated.


She gave the example of the candidates’ selection criteria whereby the TDA Protocol Article (10) was not adhered to, saying the process was hugely influenced and decisions reached at did not represent real strength of candidates at all.

“Some candidates were biased and disadvantaged to the benefit of a certain preferred candidate. Because of this, we tried all we could to raise matters of procedure, matters policy and transparency but we were at several times shut down and ruled out of order by one of the co-chairs Hon. Nuwe Amanya Mushega. We had no option but to protest the process, we walked out of the committee meeting and we prepared a minority report,” Turinawe added.


But in his submission today morning, Mao said they received information that the minority report signed by Ms. Turinawe, together with Ishaa Otto of UPC and Dr. Kibumba of UFA and presented by Turinawe to Summit in person,” Dr. Kibumba’s signature did not resemble his normal signature.”

Mao pointed out that UFA President Beti Kamya called Dr. Kibumba and he “totally disassociated himself” from the minority report.

Kibumba’s signature on the letter to TDA, according to Mao, was manifestly distinct from the one on the minority report.

“Obviously his signature had been forged in the attempt to deceive the Summit. Summit members including FDC said that was criminal and abhorrence. Others wondered what such people would do if they were in high government offices,” Mao lashed at FDC.

On her part, Turinawe believes the minority report played a key role in countering the planned abuse of TDA processes to favour a specific candidate.

“After receiving and discussing the committee report the summit invited us to present our minority report. Our report was discussed by summit in reference to the majority report. After full discussion of the minority report, Members of summit unanimously conferred with issues we raised and resolved to disregard the committee report/s – including resolutions and recommendations.”

She said the Summit decided to develop a new procedure of establishing the strength of candidates.

Mao distorting facts

FDC young winger, Kahemba Babi said today that Mao was distorting facts well knowing that the “UFA man had appended his signature on Ingrid’s minority report tactically so that when he denies his signature that report would become null and void but by God’s grace the summit members detected that foolery and went ahead to adopt the minority report.”

Babi concluded: “For starters, it is Ingrid’s minority report which led to the throwing away of Mushega’s recommendations which had put Besigye in the third position” in terms of popularity and electability.
High court has dismissed a case filed by nineteen Inter Party Coalition (IPC) women led by FDC’s Ingrid Turinawe, viagra seeking to declare as unprofessional, ask nine police officers including Grace Turyagumanawe, Grace Akullo and Judith Nabakooba.

The women accused the said police officers of blocking them from exercising their freedom of expression and subjecting them to brutal arrests and teargas while at electoral commission offices to show their dissatisfaction with the reappointment of Badru Kiggundu as chairman to run 2011 elections

However Justice Benjamin Kabiito ruled that there was no medical evidence that any of the women suffered any harm from the mistreatment.

The judge dismissed the case saying that he was unable to declare the officers unprofessional considering the new Public order management law which outlines the duties of a police officer. He however noted that the force used by the police officers was somehow excessive.

Many Kenyans on Friday took to social media and reacted on the Kenya Commercial Bank`s KCB move on Thursday, for sale where female journalists were forced to observe Islamic teachings at the Banks’ first ever Islamic Banking system.

KCB launched the Islamic banking product, hospital also known as Sahal Banking, seek the first of its kind not only Kenya but the whole of East Africa.

Bank officials said it is an innovation to tap into a rare opportunity to attract Muslims customers who are more comfortable with the system.

The launch that did not take place in the Muslim dominated coastal town of Mombasa but the secular, civilized capital city Nairobi; shocked some female Kenyan Journalists who after reaching the venue were immediately isolated from their male counterparts because of their dress code.

The female journalists were only supposed to watch the event from the screen as they file their stories and those intending to go take pictures inside the room of the event were asked to veil themselves with hijab.

The Daily Nation quoted their female photojournalist, Diana Ngila as saying she was told to move when she took to the podium to take pictures in her usual dress code. “They told me to use a scarf I had around my neck to cover my head. I got inside and found men only. When I went to the podium to get a photo of the guests, I was asked to move.”

Majority Kenyans who utilized Facebook, Twitter and Watsapp angrily expressed dissatisfaction with the KCB`s move, that asking female journalists to do what they didn’t want, was a direct infringement on their rights.

Many said they were going to close their accounts in the bank, while others emotionally referred to the fresh wound of the recent Garissa attack where Muslims were reportedly freed by attackers while non-Muslims mercilessly shot dead.

ChimpReports contacted and engaged a female Nairobi based lawyer, Monica Binti Ngere who extensively said the organizer of the event violated the constitutional rights and conscience of female journalists.

Monica Binti Ngere
Monica Binti Ngere

“It directly infringes on the constitutional right to freedom of religion and conscience which this country stands for. We are a secular state, so no one should be forced to put on any religious attire against their wish. It was in bad state for KCB to be part of such a sad event where as Kenyans we infringe on the very rights our constitution propagates, marketing gimmick or not, our rights are not for sale to attract any part of population inclined towards any religion.” Ms. Ngere said.

KCB released a statement on Friday saying their action was simply to observe tolerance. “The observation of Muslim customs during the launch of the Sahal Islamic Banking product launch was not intended as an offensive gesture but as a token of tolerance in the true Kenyan spirit of embracing all cultures.” Part of the KCB statement says.

Ms. Binti Ngere however did not buy the KCB`s response saying it was an insult to the intelligence of Kenyan people.

“KCB’s statement on the issue is an insult to our intelligence because their argument that they were trying to observe tolerance during the launch went against the very tolerance they speak of.”

“KCB owes the female journalists an apology for open discrimination on gender and religious basis. In fact as an enterprise that operates in Kenya it owes all Kenyans an apology”.

“I have no problem with sharia compliant products because it is actually founded on good principles, for instance it doesn’t allow interest; but that is not to say I will smile and wave when the same is launched in a manner that is offensive to a non-Muslim in attendance!” She concluded.

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