President Uhuru Kenyatta has ostensibly responded to Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo’s Tuesday verbal attack directed toward him in Parliament buildings, Nairobi.
The Mbita legislator asked President Kenyatta to “stop harassing Kenyans by barring MPs from accessing parliament for the special sitting”.
Ms Odhiambo claimed that picketing legislators had been asked by the police to remove their shoes and walk to parliament.
“I dedicated this day to telling the President all the negative things I have. We fought for this country as he was in foreign land so President Uhuru cannot dictate his powers to me or any other elected member,” scoffed Millie Odhiambo.
The vocal lawmaker continued her gripe, which sections perceived as foulmouthed, calling the head of state “fake” and assuring him that he won’t be re-elected as President in 2017 general election.
Millie Odhiambo hurled further a series of insults toward Uhuru Kenyatta, daring the President to “take her to court”.
President Kenyatta on Tuesday evening while presiding over the historic lighting of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi – to usher in the Christmas festive season –, referred to an MP who insulted him in Parliament on Tuesday, likely to be Millie Odhiambo, as an “idiot” who was exercising her right of expression.
“To my left is the National Assembly representing our democracy and the ability of some idiots in there to continue insulting me, but that is their freedom…,” said the Head of State while commencing his official speech.
President Kenyatta said lighting of the KICC signified the spirit of togetherness.
“But what does this lighting represent? Well, Christmas is coming. As usual, Kenyans will gather with their families and their loved ones to reconnect and to renew the bonds that tie us together,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “Today, let us celebrate this lighting of KICC, and then, let us resolve to keep that flame of unity alive in our hearts, and in the hearts. Let us just rekindle that spirit of unity.”
President Kenyatta – who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta – described KICC as a historic building and one of the iconic projects of independent Kenya.
He said KICC, which was designed by David Mutiso, was proof that a government run by Africans could meet and surpass the standards of the colonial order.
“All those years ago, we showed that, we in our freedom, could do better than the colonialists. And since then this building has remained an iconic symbol not just of Nairobi but a symbol of African modernity,” he said.