Mbita Member of Parliament (MP) Millie Odhiambo has been taken to court following remarks she made regarding President Uhuru Kenyatta weeks ago.
Activist Philip Njuguna on Wednesday moved to court seeking to have Ms Odhiambo’s remarks declared “in violation of the Constitution and constitutes a denigration of the Presidency.”
Through his lawyer, the activist argued that the lawmaker should not be protected by the parliamentary immunity and privileges for her utterances against the Presidency, which is a constitutional institution.
“Her utterances are in contravention of the constitution as they constitute denigrating the Presidency. The words uttered have by extension violated the Parliamentary privilege and immunity and such is not available to her defence,” stated the court documents
According to the complainant, Odhiambo had violated the oath of office she took as a Member of the National Assembly and “is in contravention of the ethical requirement mandated to her as an MP.”
Additionally, the activist is requesting that the MP be ordered to make a public apology through the media over the insulting words she hurled at Kenyatta.
Pending determination of the suit, the petitioner further wants Odhiambo, her agents or servants restrained from making similar utterances that would denigrate the Presidency.
In the same case, Njuguna has also enjoined the Attorney General and the Speaker of the National Assembly.
During a special sitting called by the Speaker to discuss amendments to the electoral laws, the legislator went on a rant hurling unprintable words towards Kenyatta.
Her words were widely condemned by many who argued that she had utterly disrespected the Head of State urging her to apologise.
However, the MP went to court to seek for anticipatory bail and have the police stopped from arresting and prosecuting her, claiming that she had frequently been threatened