Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo on Wednesday had ghosts from her dramatic past brought back to life, after a video of her hurling insulting words towards President Uhuru Kenyatta re-emerged on social media.
Jumping onto the opportunity to exonerate themselves from recent accusations of disrespecting the head of state, Deputy President William Ruto allies, under the Tangatanga umbrella, wistfully used the ODM MP as a demonstration of what actually passes as disrespect.
Led by Ruto’s media right-hand man, Dennis Itumbi, the defiant Jubilee Party faction noted that their utterances, which had been termed as demeaning towards Uhuru were nothing, compared to Odhiambo’s December 2016 rant against the president.
In the video which sparked outrage and hilarious memes from Kenyans three years ago, the controversial legislator is seen clearly agitated by a move by the government, as she put it, to stifle a section of Raila Odinga allied MPs, from expressing their freedom of speech over electoral policies.
“We do not respect him (Uhuru). This is a police state. He will not intimidate us,” Millie is heard saying, advising Uhuru, who was then serving his first presidential term, to begin packing his bags to exit the presidency.
Millie’s bone of contention was that the government had deployed police to ensure that the disorderly MPs’ vehicles did not access the Parliament premises.
In protest, Millie took off her shoes and walked barefoot, at some point, threatening to strip naked.
”Mumwambie Uhuru Kenyatta yeye ni fisi na ni mwizi (Go tell Uhuru Kenyatta that he is a thief and a hyena),” she goes on.
”He cannot even compare to me,” the sharp-tongued legislator adds.
”Mwambie Uhuru Kenyatta nimesema yeye ni mshenzi (Tell him I have said that he is an idiot),” Millie says, before terming the head of state as ”extremely stupid.”
According to DP Ruto’s allies, whatever leaders such as Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and Kandara MP Alice Wahome might have said to upset Uhuru’s friends, it was nowhere near Millie’s foul words, words which she walked away from without retribution.
”#InsultingThePresident looks this way, FYI….@kipmurkomen @KIMANIICHUNGWAH @Aaroncheruiyot @WahomeHon have never insulted the President,” he tweeted.
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) February 5, 2020