Are Orengo, Mbadi Faces of Rebellion against Handshake in ODM or Simply Playing Opposition?

    Suba South MP John Mbadi and Siaya Senator James Orengo are in a dicey situation as faces of opposition in the bicameral house at a time when the Country is in a handshake situation.

    The two have countless times since the March 2018 ceasefire made statements they have been forced to swallow in the spirit of the camaraderie between their party Leader Raila Odinga and President Kenyatta.

    The latest scenarios was when the two leading politicians in the ODM threw shade at the new currency even threatening to move to court to have it withdrawn.

    A day later, they made a sharp about-turn leaving especially Mbadi with an egg on his face.

    Mr Mbadi, who on Sunday termed the move by the Central Bank of Kenya to include a human face in the new note as unconstitutional, changed tune Tuesday, but asked for the deadline to return old notes be brought forward to August 1. He said this was the official position of ODM.

    Speaking in Rongo, Migori County, on Sunday where they presided over a fund-raiser in aid of St Martin De Pore Catholic Church, the leaders bluntly told the Head of State to ensure that the Constitution is adhered to.

    Orengo said the handshake will not interfere with their opposition role.

    “We appreciate the handshake, but we will not be silent when we see the government openly violating the Constitution,” said Mr Orengo.

    He added: “It is not our intention to be quiet. We remain the official opposition within and outside Parliament. We will continue with our oversight role.”

    Orengo,for instance has not shied away from speaking his mind against the government, even at one point clashing with Mbadi on the issue of impeaching DP William Ruto alleging that his name had been mentioned in many graft cases.

    But the sudden shift continues to expose the opposition’s under belly, as ODM attempts to balance its commitment to the March 9, 2018 handshake between party leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, while at the same time playing the opposition role of holding the same government in check.

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