Drama in ODM as Raila’s inner circles turn against Orengo, label him traitor

James Orengo

In an unexpected turn of events, Siaya Senator James Orengo who has been a loyal ally and defender of ODM and its party leader Raila Odinga has been labelled a traitor by Raila’s inner circles.

The politicians allied to Raila faulted Orengo for his change of tune on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

It all started when the Siaya Senator recently questioned the authenticity of the document released to the public. 

He also questioned the legality of the 70 new constituencies proposed in the document and their distribution.

This placed him on a collision path with Odinga’s loyalists who are passionate about the BBI that will form the backbone of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s legacy.

Nation reports that Raila’s inner circle saw Orengo’s stand as an attempted coup against the former Prime Minister for the Luo kingpinship – at a time when Odinga is recovering from Covid-19. 

Reports further indicate that Orengo was summoned to Raila’s Karen home and State House to persuade him against his tough stance on the BBI bill. 

Raila Odinga and James Orengo at a past event

National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed read malice in Orengo’s move, pointing out that it could be hypocritical of Orengo to disown a document that he himself (Orengo) co-authored.

“Orengo co-chaired the committee that produced the final BBI. He cannot turn around now to say that that we didn’t agree on this or that.

“He cannot run away from his baby. He is essentially trying to disown a document he himself, by the virtue of being a co-captain, authored. It is the height of political dishonesty,” Junet stated.

He challenged the accomplished lawyer and Siaya Senator to retrace the BBI journey and come back to the fold.

“The first county assembly to pass the BBI bill was Siaya that Orengo represents, why didn’t he ask them not to pass it if he feels it is a raw deal?” Junet, who is Raila’s right-hand man, posed.

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