Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris was on Sunday under fire from Kenyan on social media after she told off a Twitter user who condemned her for seeking medical treatment abroad.
On Friday, Passaris announced on Twitter that she was recuperating after she underwent successful spinal surgery at an Indian hospital on January 2nd.
“I flew to Ahmedabad, India on 31st December, 2019 and successfully had Spinal Surgery the following day at CIMS Hospital. I thank God for the Gift of Life, my family for their unconditional love and everyone who whispered a word of prayer as I went in,” Passaris tweeted.
Her tweet did not go down well with a section of Kenyan online users who said that being an MP who sits in the Parliamentary Health Committee, Passaris should push for the improvement of facilities in local hospitals instead of seeking medication in a foreign country.
Twitter user George Gathecha, wrote: “You should stop posting this because, how do you think people from slums feel yet they can’t afford Kenyatta National Hospital KNH?”
In response to Gathecha, Passaris claimed that she spent KSh.50 million campaigning to be elected to her position and he should “man up.”
“What are you doing about it? #ManUp I invested 50 million to be elected a leader. I served way before being elected. At 55 #OfficiallyMadeOfTitenium because of sacrifices I made. As a member of the Health Committee we shaping the Presidents #AgendaFourKe #UHCKe being crucial,” said Passaris.
Her comment angered KOT, including rapper King Kaka of the ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’ hit song who criticized Passaris for being “selfish.”
“@EstherPassaris shame shame Shame. The talk should be on how we have made our health reliable to the point you are getting your surgery at KNH. Wewe Uko Hapo unatuambia juu ya 50million. Stop being selfish for once , just for once and serve the people who put you there. Shame,” wrote Kaka.
@mmoywaywa tweeted: “This is so sad @EstherPassaris. So shameful that I am even ashamed to call myself a Kenyan who voted you in.. Please enjoy while it lasts.”
@David_Kabiru noted: “Quick maths, Woman Rep salary per month is around 600,000. X 12months X 5 years is something close to 40M. Why would you invest 50M?”
@OjRobbert stated: “Waah! Kenyans Lets wake up. This is too much arrogance from an employee we pay with our money and they do nothing.”
@FatmaYabdi asked: “So we ought to be nice to politicians because they ‘invested’ 💰 to be elected? Really.”
@Meleas7 said: “Do you understand the meaning of investing and if so does it mean you were expecting returns and if that is the case then thanks for being http://honest.Now I can vote for Nganga to complete the circus.”
@JedielKimath wrote: “Passaris is just a result of a rotten and broken system. Talking of investing 50 million in elections, too arrogant in did. Then talking of agenda 4 to cover up for the failed system.”
@Aseka_Oluchina said: “Plus you aren’t doing anyone a favor by running for office! If you used 100 billion for campaign, it was your decision. Live with it. As an elected leader we’re expecting you use the services that you want us to use! If you can’t, resign.”