Time Millie Odhiambo Snubbed Uhuru's Crucial Meeting to for Salon Appointment

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo. She skipped his 2017 State of the Nation address because she had other important thigns to do. Twitter
  • Fiery Suba North MP Millie Mabona Odhiambo is considered a woman of steel for her courage when dealing with her male colleagues. 

    In 2017, the no-nonsense legislator skipped a crucial meeting in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was scheduled to address the nation. When asked about it, she curtly answered that she had important things to do.

    That was around the time rumours started swirling that her signature hair extension was losing popularity, because of her receding hairline, after trolls claimed that she was suffering from cancer.

    Her absence created a lot of buzz at the time, because a significant number of lawmakers from both ODM and Jubilee parties failed to show up at the event where the president was to give a State of the Nation address.

    Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo during a past Parliamentary proceeding.
    Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo during a past parliamentary session. She was among the MPs who caused chaos in 2016 while Uhuru was giving his State of the Nation address.

    The annual speech is important since it is the Executive’s way of informing the Legislature of its policies and priorities. The president's address is usually debated in the House. 

    When questioned whether her absence was due to differences with the president, Millie did not exactly deny but waved it off as a passing political cloud.

    "That's just politics. I am very passionate about everything I do and will tell anyone I feel is unjust, off. The president just happens to cross my line of convictions. Nothing personal," she stated.

    The previous year, Millie was among a crop of politicians who caused chaos in Parliament, while Uhuru was giving his annual State of the Nation address.

    The MPs blew whistles, shouted and waved placards while ignoring the then Speaker Justin Muturi's calls to calm down.

    During the chaos, Millie stood in her place and began applying makeup in an effort to mock the event. She was later kicked out.

    Other leaders were holding up placards with disparaging messages like “Jubilee are thieves”, “Thieves” and “Ethnicity is killing Kenya”.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta giving a State of the Nation address in Parliament. In 2016, he was disrupted by a section of MPs who were whistling and holding placards.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta giving a State of the Nation address in Parliament. In 2016, he was disrupted by a section of MPs who were whistling and holding placards.