“in Kenya, where pregnant women cannot leave the house, so they have no constructive rights to vote,” these remarks by Emily Compagno have led to criticism from Kenyans in general
Emily Compagno is a Fox presenter who is a co-host of a show called Outnumbered. She was speaking on a Fox news show Gutfeld where she insinuated that Kenyan pregnant women have no right to vote and can’t leave their homes to vote.
Kenyans on social media platforms were not happy and requested an apology from her and Fox news. Kenyans said that she is ignorant of the voting rights in Kenya and that she would have researched before uttering lies on live television.
The Kenyan constitution states that all citizens have the right to vote. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the body that runs the elections in Kenya, gives privileges to pregnant women, the elderly, and people living with disabilities. They do not queue and skip the line to vote before other Kenyans on the voting line.
After Emily Compagno’s remarks, many Kenyans on Twitter said:
@Bravin Yuri tweeted, “On Fox News, Emily Compagno says that pregnant women in Kenya cannot leave the house, meaning they have no right to vote? What kind of garbage is this? Which Kenya? We even allow pregnant women and elderly citizens to skip the line to vote! She must apologize!”
Kitui Governor on Twitter stated that maybe Emily Compagno should first locate Kenya on the map before talking about it.
@mmbiyu wrote, “Which Kenya are you talking about? Have you been to Kenya? Because Kenya I live I, allow pregnant women to go vote first.”
Emily Compagno, in my opinion, should apologize to the women of Kenya and also to the leaders who make laws that support the development of women in Kenya.