There was a light moment during debate in the Uasin Gishu County Assembly on Thursday afternoon after a member rose on point order to ask his colleague to speak her English slowly so that other MCAs could understand her contribution.
The aggrieved MCA in question was Hillary Ronoh (Kipkenyo) while the offender was former politician the late Mark Too’s daughter, Jenny Too (Nominated).
Ms Too had risen to contribute on a motion moved by Gilbert Tenai (Kipchumo/ Cheptiret) on the need by the Governor to fete the best farmers with trophies, certificates, gift hampers and or any other awards to enhance motivation.
“Mr Speaker sir, from the angle I choose to look at this motion is for that young man who chooses to wake up every single morning and lives on a side of a river and plants cabbages that are sold in Uasin Gishu all the way to Kiambu and the gentleman makes Sh1000 in a month,” she said.
“So me to watch people like that being given recognition, to be seen that they are doing something because at the end of the day Uasin Gishu County is the bread basket of Kenya and it is something that we should be very proud of.”
She said there was need for the county to recognise women who toil hard every day in order to go feed their families back home and still provide food security for Kenya.
“To me sir, this is a very humble and diligent task,” said Ms Too.
But her good command of the queen’s language left pricked Mr Ronoh who stood up on a point of order.
“Bwana Speaker, mbunge mteule yeye kiingereza chake kinaendeshwa kwa njia ya haraka mpaka sisi waheshimiwa wengine hatuelewi bwana spika. Tunaomba yeye aendeshe pole pole ndio watu kama sisi bwana spika tuweze kuelewa,” he said Mr Ronoh amid laughter from the chambers.
House Speaker David Kiplagat then requested Ms Too to ‘slow a bit’ in her English.
“Mr Speaker sir, I apologise to the Honorable member if English can sometimes be a bit fast, am sorry,” she said.
Ms Too’s nomination to the House was widely seen as a payback for the late Too’s sacrifice after he stepped down as a nominated MP in 1997 which paved way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s entry into politics as a nominated MP during retired President Daniel Moi regime.
ROLE IN POLITICS
During Mr Too’s burial at his Kapseret home, Uasin Gishu County in January last year, Ms Too spoke passionately about her father’s role in politics.
She requested President Kenyatta to continue supporting the family which was paid back through her nomination to the County Assembly.
President Kenyatta during the burial promised the family that the government will not abandon them.
“The late Too left a huge legacy in the political scene. I can assure you that you are not alone. We will be together,” said President Kenyatta.
This seems to have borne fruit after her name appeared among those 17 nominated to the County Assembly.