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Senator Cherargei addresses Senate in sunglasses, cites eye infection

By Elizabeth Ngigi September 21st, 2023 2 min read

Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei was in the spotlight on Wednesday, September 20, as he appeared in the Senate chambers wearing dark sunglasses.

The unusual choice of eyewear, not in line with the Parliamentary dress code, prompted curious glances and questions from fellow legislators and observers.

Addressing Deputy Senate Speaker Kathuri Murungi, Senator Cherargei took a lighthearted approach to the situation, injecting humour into the moment.

He explained that he had been struggling with an eye infection but assured everyone that he was responding well to treatment.

“I have been seeing wonderful things that the President has done until it shocked my eyes, but I am recovering,” Cherargei humorously told Deputy Senate Speaker Kathuri Murungi.

Cherargei proceeded to endorse the motion concerning teachers’ well-being.

“It is high time that TSC does its job. In fact, there is a proposal being floated. Just like the Judicial Service Commission has Chief Justice Martha Koome as the chairperson, why doesn’t TSC have one of the union leaders of teachers’ organisation’s as the chairperson or CEO of TSC so that they understand the real situation on the ground? Kikulacho ki nguoni mwako (What you eat is in your clothes.),” Cherargei said.

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Various factors, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or exposure to harmful chemicals can cause eye infections.

They can also be contagious, underscoring the importance of seeking medical attention if an eye infection is suspected.

Common symptoms of an eye infection include redness, swelling, pain, itching, and eye discharge, such as pus, tears, or mucus.

Infected eyes can also lead to heightened sensitivity to light, blurred vision, or a sensation of foreign objects in the eye.

Two prevalent types of eye infections are conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye) and keratitis. Conjunctivitis involves inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane lining the inner eyelid and covering the white part of the eye.

Bacteria, viruses, or allergies can trigger it. On the other hand, keratitis entails inflammation of the cornea, the transparent front portion of the eye.

Keratitis can result from bacterial, viral, or fungal infections or eye injuries.

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