Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo has gone to court seeking anticipatory bail following incessant calls for her arrest.
Anticipatory bail is a provision in the criminal procedure code especially on offences which are non-bailable.
Such applications allow a person to seek for bail in anticipation of an arrest; and, the court may give direction for the person to be released on bail even before the person is arrested.
The application by Millie Odhiambo, comes just a day after she was reportedly kicked out as chairperson of Kenya Women Parliamentary Association for allegedly insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The ODM MP has been a subject of wide condemnation, especially from Jubilee MPs after she openly criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta for allegedly undermining the country’s democracy.
In a video that has since gone viral after Tuesday’s special sitting of the national assembly, Millie Odhiambo is heard throwing jabs at President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing him of alleged mismanagement of the country.
“When we were busy fighting for democracy in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta was abroad as a son of the president. He cannot possible understand what Kenyans went through to attain democracy which he wants to abuse,” stated Millie Odhiambo.
“The only reason he (Uhuru Kenyatta) is in power is because he stole the elections. He cannot even be compared to me leave alone Raila Odinga. He can take me to court is he feels like, I have a right of expression.”
Question had emerged on social media on Thursday over the whereabouts of Millie Odhiambo, fuelled by reports on Tuesday that she had been arrested over her utterances against the president. These reports were however disconfirmed.
Millie Odhiambo who was vocal in her opposition of the amendments to the Election Law on Tuesday, skipped Thursday’s session over safety concerns, a source in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has told 411 News.
The Mbita MP was reportedly a target by a section of Jubilee MPs, during the Thursday session, who were angered by her utterances against President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria is one of the Jubilee MPs who had expressly stated that he would seek revenge on Millie Odhiambo over her utterances.
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Kuria told Millie Odhiambo: “Verily, verily I say unto you. You have pushed our patience to the end…today you have crossed the red line disrespecting the lawful authority of the land. Now no one will have a reason to blame me. Keep away from parliament.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta also responded to Millie Odhiambo, calling her “an idiot who has freedom of expression” during his address at the official launch of KICC lighting and fireworks on Tuesday night.
The President went further to post on his official Twitter account Wednesday at 4am that he would not be “discouraged by the noise and insults peddled by a few individuals because…every market has its own mad man.”