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ODM Future Under Threat As Raila And Orengo Differ Openly

The simmering political rivalry between ODM chief Raila Odinga and Senator James Orengo of Siaya has spilled into the open, threatening to split the Orange Party.

Their feud was sparked by the Building Bridges Initiative, but it reflects long-standing ideological disagreements, including how Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta carried out their handshake agreement. Raila and Uhuru's inner circle, including Orengo, were removed.

On Wednesday, during the Senate debate on the BBI Bill, Orengo dissected the constitutional amendment bill. On several main sections, he gave a negative response.

According to the senior counsel, some suggested changes would entrench inequality, and he questions whether there is goodwill to put the progressive provisions into effect.



“The economy and mutual prosperity are discussed in Section 11(a).” I'm hoping it's not all for our own amusement... I'm not sure we'd be able to do it. If you look at the appointments that have been made in the last two months, I'm not sure we're going in that direction,” he said, clearly referring to the President.

The ODM has stated that it would unwaveringly support BBI as the only solution to the country's problems and challenges.

People were agitated in many parts of the world, including Orengo's Nyanza backyard, over the sharing of constituencies through the formation of 70 new ones, Orengo said in the Senate.

“Kakamega County has one of the most populous communities in the state. “If you use a scientific process, explaining how Kakamega gets two constituencies is a bit of a problem,” he said.

Orengo and a group of his supporters, mostly lawyers from Luo Nyanza in the National Assembly, have enraged Raila's inner circle.

Raila's spokesman Dennis Onyango went public on Thursday, calling some unidentified politicians "demagogues" who are only known for "discussing politics in perfect English and legal jargon on the floor and at public rallies."

Raila's policy has shifted, according to Onyango, from combative politics, which has never brought him influence in previous elections. 

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