Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Dida Jaldesa has stirred talk in Kenya after she declined President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake.
Rehema chose to salute Uhuru instead to avoid body contact as per her religious conviction. President Uhuru was in North Eastern Kenya drumming up support for his re-election ahead of the Thursday, October 26 fresh election.
He made a stop in Garissa county and among the leaders who lined up to welcome him was Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Dida Jaldesa.
Uhuru stretched his hand to receive a handshake but Rehema instead choosing to salute the head of state.
This is not the first time that the head of state has been declined a handshake. Sometime end of last year, a student wearing a hijab refused to shake the German President’s hand – two weeks after Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed burqa ban.
While meeting students at Theodor Heuss School near Cologne, Gauck reached out to greet the girl who was standing in line. But the woman, who was wearing an Islamic headscarf, placed her hand on her chest and instead nodded at the politician. Clearly embarrassed, Gauck withdrew his hand and moved on to the next student.
While it could be viewed as a snub, many Muslims believe shaking hands with members of the opposite sex is not acceptable within the teachings of Islam.