Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris and rapper Kennedy Ombima, alias King Kaka, were embroiled in a spat on Twitter over the politician’s decision to seek treatment abroad.
Last weekend, Passaris took to Twitter to announce she had undergone successful spinal surgery at a hospital in India. However, some Kenyans online put her to task to explain what she was doing, given that she is a member of Parliament’s health committee, to ensure poor Kenyans who cannot afford to fly abroad for treatment can get such an operation in local hospitals.
A seemingly irritated Passaris blasted one of the Twitter user, asking him to “man up” even as she claimed that she spent a whopping KSh50 million campaigning to get elected to her position.
“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 Commitee we shaping the Presidents #AgendaFourKe #UHCKe being crucial,” Passaris told Twitter user identified as George Gathecha.
This response prompted rapper Kaka to call out Passaris, saying she should have started a conversation around improving the healthcare system in Kenya instead of boasting of how much she spent on campaigns.
“@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 50 million. Stop being selfish for once, just for once and serve the people who put you there. Shame,” wrote King Kaka.
In response to Kaka, Passaris accused the ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’ hit-maker of being “so full and fooled by yourself.”
“You are so ‘full and fooled’ by yourself. ‘Words’ can instruct but they don’t do the work or lead. Let me spell it as it is. Get off your high horse & stop being who you truly are #WajingaNyinyi who thinks through hate you can drive or derive change. I have worked & served. You?” Passaris posed.
Not ready to continue with the argument, King Kaka asked Passaris to recover from the surgery first then engage him in a conversation.
“You know we still need you in Nairobi so I will say a prayer today wishing you a speedy recovery since your wounds are still fresh. All those who have been retweeting her tweets also whisper a prayer. Kunywa dawa na ulale, when healed then we can engage,” he tweeted.