Millie Odhiambo Biography, Age, Family, Marriage, Education and Career
Millie Odhiambo Is A Fiery ODM Legislator Image/Courtesy

By Prudence Minayo

Millie Akoth Odhiambo Mabona is a seasoned Kenyan politician known for her outspoken personality. She is a vocal member of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) and a staunch supporter of Raila Amolo Odinga-the party leader. From a very young age, Millie knew that she wanted to be a politician and worked towards achieving her goals.

For more than 10 years, she has served as a member of parliament in Kenya. She is proudly half luo and half Suba. Millie is passionate about fighting for the rights of women and children and is not afraid to call out any person she feels is undermining them. For eight years (2000 to 2008), she was the founder and director of the Cradle Children’s Foundation. The organization was working towards improving the rights of children in the legal system.

Age

The seasoned politician was born on 1st November 1966.

Family

Millie is the fourth born in a family of eight children. She was born in Homa Bay to Damaris and Harrison Odhiambo. Unfortunately, a boating accident killed her father in 1973, a year before he vied for the Mbita parliamentary seat. This death is what ignited the political spark within her and she knew politics was what she would pursue.

Marriage

Millie Odhiambo Biography, Age, Family, Marriage, Education and Career
Millie Odhiambo And Her Husband Image/Ghalfa

The MP is married to a Zimbabwe national named Magugu Mabona. The two met online and got married on 14th February 2006. In a 2010 interview with The Standard, she revealed that her husband was not intimidated with her success. Their long distance relationship has worked out for them so far and she has a step child but no biological children.

Education

The member of parliament attended Homa Bay Primary School then proceeded to St. Francis Girls High School. She then completed her high school education at Limuru Girls High School.

In 1986, she joined the University of Nairobi where she pursued and successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree. Later on, she pursued further studies in Sweden, the United States of America and Italy.

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From

To

Education Institution

Qualification

2000

2001

New York University, USA

Master of Laws (LL.M) in Public Service Law

1998

1998

IDLI, Rome, Italy

Legal Prevention and Judicial Control of Corruption

1997

1998

Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sweden

Post Graduate Diploma , Advanced International Course on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

1997

1997

Les Aspin Center, Washington, D.C. & Marquette University Wisconsin, USA

Democracy and Governance

1991

1991

Kenya School of Law

Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies

1986

1990

University of Nairobi

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

1985

1986

Limuru Girls High School

‘A’ Level Certificate

1981

1984

St. Francis Girls Secondary School

‘O’ Level Certificate

Career

The qualified lawyer began her career journey at the attorney general’s office. She started with civil litigation before moving to human rights law specializing on women and children.

In 1999, she was the Chairperson of Coalition of Violence against Women-Kenya.

2.Employment/Service History:

From

To

Employer/Institution

Position Held

March 2013

To date

Kenya National Assembly

Member of Parliament, Mbita Constituency

2008

January

2013

Kenya National Assembly

Nominated Member of Parliament

2007

To date

Kenya Task Force on the Implementation of the Sexual Offences Act

Member

2000; 2003

2008

The CRADLE Children Foundation

Founder & Chief Executive

2002

2012

Legal Advice Center, Kituo Cha Sheria

Member of AGM

2002

2010

Child Welfare Society of Kenya, Adoption Committee

Committee Member

2001

2001

Global Public Service Law Program, New York University

Fellow

1999

2000

L’Etwal International

Programs Manager, East & Southern Africa Women and Children’s Right

1999

2000

Coalition on Violence Against Women-Kenya

Chairperson

1998

1999

ICJ (K)

Program Officer, Gender and Access to Justice Program

1996

1998

FIDA (K)

Legal Counsel, Litigation

1993

1996

State Law Office (AG’s Chambers)

State Counsel, Civil Litigation

  1. 3.Membership to Committees (10th Parliament):

From

To

Committee/Caucus

Position Held

2010

January 2013

Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee

Vice Chairperson

2008

2010

Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Committee

Vice Chairperson

2009

2010

Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitution

Member

2008

January 2013

Parliamentary Committee on Powers and Privileges

Member

2009

2010

Parliamentary Select Committee on Root Causes of Cattle Rustling

Member

2008

2009

Parliamentary Select Committee on Unlawful Organizations

Member

2008

To date

Parliamentary Caucus on Children

Chairperson

2008

To date

Kenya Women Parliamentary Association

Member

2009

To date

Parliamentary Caucus on Reforms

Member

  1. 4.Membership to Committees & Other Parliaments (11th Parliament):

From

To

Committee

Position Held

2013

2017

Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Livestock & Cooperatives

Member

2013

2017

Pan-African Parliament

Member

  1. 5.Membership to Committees (12th Parliament):

From

To

Committee

Position Held

2017

To date

Budget and Appropriation Committee

Member

Politics

Millie supported the Orange Democratic Movement and in 2007 the party nominated her as Member of Parliament for Mbita Constituency which is currently referred to as Suba North constituency.

In the 2013 general elections, she was elected as the Suba North Member of Parliament under the ODM party.

The Kenyan media has referred to her as outspoken, no- nonsense, courageous and controversial among other adjectives. She is known for expressing her views without mincing words and has even called out a number of politicians whom she feels have overstepped their boundaries/ have opposing views.  Recently, she was accused of allegedly heckling the deputy president William Ruto but she denied this. This was during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi.

   “ I was answering his questions because he was asking us questions about what should be done, and I was basically reminding him he is the deputy president and I should be asking him the questions he was asking and not vice versa, ” she said during an interview with KTN News.

It is not the first time the MP has differed with a politician or expressed her views openly. At one time, she stormed Parliament demanding the proceedings be stopped on a point of order, in a different incident she almost stripped naked in parliament while opposing how they were being treated and in the past she has set Twitter On fire by attacking president Uhuru Kenyatta.