Both believe in Baba but Baba believes in the Money: Kipchumba Murkomen weighs in with fiery remarks as divisions hit ODM

File image of Kipchumba Murkomen and James Orengo

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen has weighed in on reports of division in ODM that has seen two rival factions emerge, one led by Siaya Senator James Orengo and another led by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

The fiery lawmaker maintained that while the two factions have different goals, their belief in party leader Raila Odinga who believes in the money is the only uniting factor.

According to Murkomen, the division is between one side is for democracy, human rights and good governance led by Senator James Orengo, Otiende Amollo and Millie Odhiambo.

The other side which comprises of broker and tenderpreneurs is led by Junet Mohamed, John Mbadi and Gladys Wanga, making the division a war between idealist and dealers.

The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator noted that these two factions within the ODM party all believe in Raila Odinga, but Odinga himself believes in Money.

He added that the wing led by Junet, Mbadi and Wanga want the Building Bridges Initiative passed as the Government wants without giving it much thought.

On the other hand, the faction led by Orengo believes in democracy, human rights & good governance and have questioned the same document that they authored.

“The fight within ODM is btw democracy, human rights & good governance wing led by Orengo/Otiende/Millie vs the merchants & tenderpreneurs led by Junet/Mbadi/Wanga. Idealists’ vs dealers. Both believe in Baba but Baba believes in the Money. The dealers want BBI passed the way State wants,” tweeted Murkomen.

The remarks come at atime when Orengo and Otiende Amollo have been singled out as traitors after they raised issues with the document.

File image of James Orengo
File image of James Orengo

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.
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.

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