Yesterday, a section of social media was abuzz with claims that Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo Â severally and severely slapped Nyando MP Fred Outa in the corridors of parliament in what colleagues of the MP said was the ‘worst ever’ confrontation between a female MP and their male colleagues.
Ms Odhiambo, the only elected female MP from Luo Nyanza, save for Women Reps, is said to have been irked by Outa but details of the rucus has been scanty till now.
In a telephone conversation with the MP, currently in her rural Mbita constituency, Â Kenya Today has learnt that Ms Odhiambo protested her committee summoning Nairobi governor Dr. Evans Kidero without ‘proper reasons’ to do so.
This was contrary to what Outa wanted. Earlier, Dr Kidero had supported the Nyando MP’s opponent when his election was nullified. Outa is temporarily serving in parliament courtesy of a successful appeal he launched at the Supreme Court pending hearing and determination hearing and of hisÂ case.
According to Millie, calling Dr. Evans Kidero to appear before the committee would tantamount to witch-hunt by Outa, rather than on any substantive issue about the conduct of Dr. Kidero as Nairobi governor.
“I don’t necessarily like Dr. Kidero’s brand of politics. . .I think he is more of a businessman than a politician. However, I disagreed with my colleague over what I saw as only serving him. He [Outa] just wanted to humiliate Dr. Kidero. So I refused to be party to it. That’s where the altercation begun,” said the MP.
Ms Odhiambo maintains she never slapped Outa neither did he slap her.
However, her aides told Kenya Today that Outa should count himself lucky.
“She contemplated holding him by the balls but restrained herself. I can tell you Outa is a very lucky man,” an aide to the outspoken female MP told Kenya Today.
Millie joined parliament as a nominated MP in the last parliament. In the March 4 2013 elections, she contested and won the Mbita seat, overcoming all odds in a deeply patriarchal community with entrenched cultural nuances to serve as representative in the country’s legislature.