Millie Odhiambo’s Dress Code Causes Stir in Parliament

A photo of Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo speaking during a function on February 20, 2020.
  • Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo on Tuesday, October 5, caused a stir in parliament over her dress code inside the debate chambers. 

    While attending parliament proceedings, Millie wore a headgear, famously associated with the late Orie Rogo Manduli.

    During the proceedings, Soy MP, Caleb Kositany, rose on a point of order to question if indeed Millie was the one attending the National Assembly’s session. 

    Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo speaking during a function on February 20, 2020.
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    “Mr. Speaker there is a member who has walked in and sat where Hon. Millie Odhiambo sits. Mr. Speaker, I can’t actually identify if it is actually the member who has walked in,” Kositany stated.

    The Soy MP further asked the speaker to compel the MP to identify herself.

    “We need to ask the member to identify herself unless we have a stranger in the house,” he added.

    In her response, Odhiambo confirmed that she was indeed the one attending the session, stating that she was from the requiem service of Kenya’s first female rally driver. 

    “Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the honorable member for identifying me in the midst of the elegance of the headgear. Mr. Speaker, we are just from the funeral service of the late Manduli and it was an elegant affair,” Odhiambo stated.

    The Suba North MP, also took the moment to celebrate the fallen fashion icon stating that she would be remembered for her elegance.

    “We have given her a send-off that befits her. It was colourful, it was loud. It was everything good you can imagine Mr speaker,” Odhiambo stated.

    In midst of the house interruptions, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi defended Odhiambo, adding that the MP did not contravene any standing orders of the house.

    “I believe the member was sufficiently identified by the sergeants at arms. That should be the Hon Millie Odhiambo Mabona,” Muturi stated.

    On September 12, 2018,  a section of male senators also caused a stir in the senate for wearing white headscarves as the Senate was discussing the two-thirds gender bill.

    The senators stated that the move was a show of support for their female counterparts.

    Former MP Orie Rogo Manduli
    Former MP Orie Rogo Manduli
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM