Yesterday, Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo finally decided to address events that led to her infamously insulting the president.
Each politician has that one single incident that will forever define him or her, and ever since December 20th 2016, this one single incident that happened in parliament has become such a moment for Millie. Whenever she tells tanga tanga MPs to respect the president, they laugh dismissively, and wonder where she finds the moral authority to say such.
Millie Odhiambo was speaking yesterday during a late night interview on KTN that was hosted by Sophie Wanuna. Also on the show was Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe.
It should be remembered that back in 2016, the relationship between the government and opposition was acrimonious, and a controversial bill had just been forwarded to Parliament that would have curtailed civil rights. Millie Odhiambo caused a stir when she took of her shoes and started addressing the president through the cameras, calling him, among other insults, stupid, a thief and a hyena.
Yesterday, while admonishing Rigathi Gachagua for what she termed as disrespect to the president which she called “ungodly” she went on to explain the reasons why, in her case, she insulted the president. Interestingly, unlike other times when she’s reminded of the incident and forced to speak on it, this time she herself preempted, without any prodding.
Curiously, she didn’t try to apologise, or even justify her actions. She simply said that the difference between those insulting the president and herself is that the events of 2016 were happening before the handshake. She also went further to say that her party leader was Raila and not Uhuru, so she wasn’t like Rigathi who was disrespecting his party leader. Alluding to the fact that she was acting against a draconian law that threatened civil liberties, she said that the context within which she made her controversial statements was quite a unique one