Details of Raila Odinga’s statement amid reports of Orengo ouster from Senate minority position

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has broken his silence talking on the Siaya Senator James Orengo’s ouster from his Senate Minority leadership position after word surfaced on plans to kick him out too.

In a statement signed by the ODM’s director of communications Dennis Onyango, the former Premier refuted the claims, adding that as a party they had no plans to party ways with the senior counsel in his capacity as the Leader of Minority in the Senate.

“Following changes effected on Wednesday to the representation of the Orange Democratic Movement in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, there have been unfounded and widespread speculation that the Party is about to change its Minority leadership in the Senate.”

“We wish to clarify that Rt. Hon Raila Odinga, the ODM Party Leader and the Orange Democratic Movement have no plans to replace Senator James Orengo as the Leader of Minority in the Senate,” reads the statement.

This comes hours after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen took a swipe at him rekindling his earlier message to him that he never knew opposition to ate its own people.

“I know exactly what SC Hon. James Orengo feels. I have been there. You know you are right but you are still torn between standing by your principles and surviving. I didn’t know that opposition too eats its own people,” Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen stated.

Orengo, his Nyamira counterpart Okong’o Omogeni and Otiende Amollo have been on the receiving end by the Odinga sympathizers over their stance on BBI.

Many had predicted he would be the next in line in the ODM purge after Otiende Amollo had been ejected from his JLAC deputy chair position on Tuesday 4, 2021.

“The vicissitudes of politics. So, the schemers want me out of JLAC. I will take it in grace and stride,” stated Amollo.

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