Siaya Senator James Orengo has taken a swipe at his critics in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party after the recent hitch in the BBI bill following the ruling done by the five-judge bench.
The bill was recently declared null and void and not a popular initiative by the High Court on Thursday 13 May 2021.
Speaking during the burial of the former South Alego East MCA MCA Joshua Osuri, Orengo found fault with a section of the party members for contacting him only when they are in dire need.
“When the party is in turmoil everyone looks for me asking for my whereabouts, but during other days they undermine my capability,” Orengo stated.
He is among the team of top legal minds to represent the document at the court of appeal.
The former Ugenya MP also revisited the aftermath of the 2017 general election, criticizing his party members for abandoning their party leader Raila Odinga at the hour of need.
“I remember after the 2017 General Election during the swearing-in of Raila at Uhuru Park only a handful of us were at the forefront.
“I can only recall our ‘chief justice’ that day Ruaraka MP Tom Joseph Kajwang. When we want people who are strong and can fight for the party they are nowhere to be seen,” Orengo recalled.
The senator has been in the spotlight after their recent stand on the bill following their questioning of the distribution of the proposed 70 new constituencies in the bill.
Orengo, his Nyamira counterpart Okong’o Omogeni and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo resisted the bill as it was passed causing a lot of friction with the party.
The minority whip in the National assembly Junet Mohammed recently found fault with Orengo accusing him of abandoning the baby he fathered.
“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.
The move later saw Amollo ousted from his prime Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) Deputy chair position in what then appeared as a party purge on the dissidents.