A woman from Kawangware in Nairobi on Thursday, March 11 caused a stir in Parliament after she began hawking groundnuts to the politicians in attendance.
Known as Mama Njugu, Beatrice Wayeko got the Members of Parliament talking after she invited them to buy her groundnuts.
Among the politicians who applauded Mama Njugu include Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja who took to social media to share his sentiments of Wayeko’s hustle.
Beatrice Wayeko presenting her views on the BBI bill on Thursday, March 11 at Parliament building.
“What a woman! Mama Njugu (Beatrice Wayeko) from Kawangware has made her submissions on BBI then brought me njugu. Hapo Sawa!” his tweet read.
Wayeko had finished presenting her views on the Constitution Amendment Bill before the joint legal committees of the National Assembly and Senate at Parliament Building.
Among the Kenyans who presented their views of the bill included boda boda riders, Juakali artisans, and the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.
The council of governors, the BBI secretariat team also presented their views before parliament. Wayeko was one of the members of the public who appeared before the committee after National Assembly clerk Michael Sialai and his counterpart Jeremiah Nyegenye urged the public to submit their views regarding the bill.
Once the views are compiled, the joint committees are expected to submit the final reports to both Houses. If approved, the bill proceeds to a referendum where the public gets a chance to vote on the bill.
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was approved by 43 County Assemblies and rejected by three including Nandi, Baringo, and Elgeyo Marakwet. Uasin Gishu county abstained from submitting their views.
A section of politicians have expressed optimism in the bill arguing that it is the solution to the grave issues and problems experienced by Kenyans.
However, fierce critics have poked holes in the bill stating that the bill is being used by a section of politicians to further their political agendas and is not for the common interest of the mwananchi.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja interacting with Beatrice Wayeko on Thursday, March 11 at Parliament Building.
Beatrice Wayeko selling groundnuts to Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Thursday, March 11 at Parliament building.