Raila’s Deputy Sides With Orengo and Otiende Amollo as fallout in ODM takes a new twist

Raila's Deputy Sides With Orengo and Otiende Amollo as fallout in ODM takes a new twist

Kakamega Governor and ODM Deputy Party leader Wycliffe Oparanya has sent tongues wagging after making clear his intention to side with Senator James Orengo and Otiende Amollo as wrangles with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party continues to deepen.

Orengo and Amollo were hosted by the Kakamega Governor over the weekend with the three holed up in a closed-door meeting on Sunday, May 9, after attending a church service in Butere.

Nation reports that Amollo and Orengo took chopper rides to Butere for the meeting that took place after the three attended a church service in the wake of their open defiance against Raila.

In a fiery speech delivered at the service held in St Benedict Catholic Church, Mukoye, the trio revealed that they still supported the party but accused a number of high-ranking ODM officials of misleading its leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.


They asked the former premier to be “wary of people who want to ruin the party’s chances of forming the next government.”

“We are in ODM by faith and Mr Odinga is our unequivocal leader. However, we won’t allow a few people to deceive him,” stated Otiende Amollo.

Raila's Deputy Sides With Orengo and Otiende Amollo as fallout in ODM takes a new twist
Raila’s Deputy Sides With Orengo and Otiende Amollo as fallout in ODM takes a new twist

After the meeting, they proceeded to the home of the governor in Mabole, Kakamega County, where they held the meeting that took four hours.

The three have also openly defied Raila for his support of the addition of 70 new constituencies which are expected to expand the already stretched wage bill.

Amollo voted to pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill just days after he was ousted by the party as the deputy chair of the powerful Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
Speculation was rife that Orengo would suffer the same fate as Amollo but the Orange party moved in swiftly to allay the fears.

“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,” read the statement in part.

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