Orengo's Speech Criticising Uhuru Excites DP Ruto's team

  • A file photo of Siaya senator James Orengo
    A file photo of Siaya senator James Orengo
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  • Senate Minority Leader James Orengo has openly criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta over the worrying state of the country and also hinted at a possible fallout between Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

    Speaking during a funeral service in Siaya County on Saturday, January 16, Orengo faulted Uhuru and his government for engaging in excess borrowing and further burdening Kenyan taxpayers. 

    "I am hoping that the government of President Uhuru is not going to borrow any more money. We have borrowed enough and we have to learn to live within our means," he stated.

    Siaya senator and lawyer James Orengo during an interview at his office in Nairobi on May 19, 2016..jpg
    Siaya senator and lawyer James Orengo during an interview at his office in Nairobi on May 19, 2016..jpg
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    Furthermore he went on to hint that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) would opt out of the handshake if a section of Jubilee members kept interfering with the initiative.

    "As ODM, we made a choice to support and work with the government. But we will only do so when they are on the right track.

    "If they keep on provoking us, then we are ready to go to the trenches for the sake of Kenyans who are looking up to us," he said.

    He further appealed to Uhuru to crack the whip on errant individuals within his Jubilee administration.

    "Even us in the opposition find it difficult to deal with a divided house in Jubilee. And this is the reason we beseech the President to take charge and put his house in order," Orengo stated.

    The statement made by Orengo, a strong supporter of the handshake, elicited excitement among Deputy President William Ruto allies who have opposed the handshake initiative citing that it has brought division in the country.

    The clip capturing Orengo's hard-hitting speech was widely shared on social media by the DP's online support team including strategist Dennis Itumbi.

    "The constitutional order of this nation has been shredded into pieces because of handshake" Senator for Elgeyo-Marakwet County and strong Ruto ally Kipchumba Murkomen noted while supporting the Siaya Senator's point on the need for compliance with court orders. 

    Similarly, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata's letter to Uhuru on matters Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) elicited debate among netizens and political leaders.

    Some echoed Kangata's sentiments on BBI losing popularity in Uhuru's Mt Kenya backyard while others opposed it.

      

    Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata attends a court session on August 29, 2019
    Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata attends a court session on August 29, 2019
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