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.
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”.
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