The Orange Democratic Party has issued a statement confirming a fallout over the BBI report that has seen two rival factions emerge, one led by James Orengo and the other led by Junet Mohamed.
In a statement issued by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale on Monday, May 3, the party confirmed that some of its senior leaders were reading from different scripts with regard to the contents of the BBI Bill.
He however downplayed concerns that the internal wrangles within the party risks causing delays or the collapse of the Building Bridges Initiative, noting that the differences are over the contents and that there was consensus that the bill would be passed by all ODM MPs and Senators.
“In a democratic party like the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) members have to disagree and later agree on principle especially when it comes to sensitive matters as the constitution review.
“ As a party, we wish to assure our members, supporters and the general public that our legislators are only differing on substance but have a common agreement that they will all pass the Bill on the voting day,” the statement read.
The party encouraged Kenyans to view the differences in opinion as a demonstration of maturity in a democratic space rather that as a split in the party.
The differences saw Tanga Tanga politicians allied to DP Ruto, including Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
“Dear my friend Raila Odinga. It is now clear we have ODM led by Junet, Mbadi & Opiyo Wandayi and ODM Asili led by Orengo, Otiende Amollo and Okongo Omogeni. If you need help sorting out this mess you have my number,” said Moses Kuria.
“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.