In Summary
  • Mr Mbadi regrets that some of his colleagues have been careless in public putting the party leader in an awkward position.
  • The feisty politician came out to say impeachment was one of the available constitutional options for dealing with the DP.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is not happy with one of his closest allies, Siaya Senator James Orengo.

Mr Odinga, the Sunday Nation has established, is furious with the seasoned politician for his recent utterances which he feels are aimed at poisoning the rapprochement he now enjoys with President Uhuru Kenyatta following the “handshake” last year.

Particularly, Mr Odinga takes exception to remarks that Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga have a secret political pact.

Only a day after Mr Orengo ‘revealed’ the existence of the pact, the opposition chief dispatched ODM chairman John Mbadi to “set the record straight”.

President Kenyatta is also said to have expressed his reservations over the same, particularly Mr Orengo’s assertion that he had met him for four hours.


Mr Orengo’s statement has given the Jubilee wing led by Deputy President William Ruto more impetus to hit at the handshake and a vindication of sorts to the long-held narrative that the political truce between the two politicians was indeed meant to block Mr Ruto’s ascension to power.

Multiple interviews with members of ODM reveal deep-rooted confusion in the party, with some convinced that Mr Orengo was merely doing Mr Odinga’s bidding. .

The genesis of the latest beef with Mr Orengo is traced back to a few days before Mr Kenyatta visited Luo Nyanza late last year, the first time since he was re-elected.

Mr Orengo led local leaders to agitate for compensation for victims of State instigated violence during the last elections as a condition for any engagement.

For Mr Odinga, this was not the time to give the Head of State ultimatums.


Mr Mbadi would later echo similar sentiments. “You don't have to give conditions to someone who is visiting on serious issues of development. I am not downplaying the significance of 2017 victims of election violence, but I think we have a different forum to address the issue,” he said.

Loyalists of Mr Odinga, whom he has privately confided in, accuse the Siaya senator of spoiling the party.

So concerned is the party leadership about the situation that Seme MP James Nyikal, who chairs duol (caucus of Luo MPs) has been tasked to individually talk to his colleagues not to join what they call ‘the Orengo bandwagon’.

On Friday, Mr Nyikal could not admit the role he has been given, instead choosing to say the handshake had given the country a new chance to achieve cohesion and growth that nobody should be allowed to scuttle it.

“If you are concerned about the welfare of Kenyans, you must support the handshake. Politicians will always have an opinion over one subject or the other but I want to ask that we wait for the final report of the BBI (Building Bridges Initiative, a product of the handshake,” he told Sunday Nation.


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