Why Uhuru did not have to respond to Millie Odhiambo

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By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN

newsdesk@reporter.co.ke

Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo caused a stir on December 20 in the National Assembly after insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta

Aware that she was enjoying Parliamentary privilege that shielded her from prosecution, the dare-devil MP called the head of state a hyena, a thief and stupid, sending the entire country into a frenzy

Millie Odhiambo’s name went viral after she passionately insulted President Uhuru Kenyatta during a special session in parliament.

Millie a law degree holder from the University of Nairobi and a Masters degree in Public Interest Law, attained from New York University is no stranger to controversial statements and confrontations with the high and mighty.

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Millie Odiambo confronts a police officer during her heydays.PHOTO COURTESY

However, many people did not expect President Kenyatta to respond to Millie’s diatribe. When Moses Kuria, insults Cord co-principal Raila Odinga, the son of Jaramogi normally dismisses any reactions to Gatundu MP’s controversial statements saying he is not at par with the first-term legislator.

But President Kenyatta is one person who does not take unfair criticism lying down.

And while presiding over the historic lighting of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi to usher in the Christmas festive season, the president triggered laughter when he lightly talked about democracy in parliament.

“To the left is the National Assembly representing our democracy and ability of some idiots there to continue insulting me but that’s their freedom,” he said.

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The tough lady from Mbita, Millie Odhiambo during her pre-university training at National Youth Service (NYS). PHOTO COURTESY

The parliament chaos were prompted by a proposal largely supported by the Jubilee side to amend election laws allowing the electoral commission to use the manual system when technology fails during polls.

Despite insulting the president and calls from a section of Kenyans to have MP Odhiambo arrested, she was enjoying the parliamentary privilege.

The privilege accords MPs and senators the freedom of deliberation, speech, and debate accorded to legislators on the floor of the House or any such precinct under use by the lawmakers.

The Jubilee and Cord MPs are back in Parliament to debate the controversial election laws and more drama is in the offing.

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