There are people in the Kenyan political scene who talk to score cheap political clouts. But then there are others whose words are not only poignant but borders prophetic. One such soul is Siaya Senator James Orengo. A good example is his famous speech on ‘the system often devouring its very own.’
On Sunday, Orengo claimed that there are two centers of power in Kenya; Capitol Hill where Raila Odinga operates from and State House.
Orengo revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta consults Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila on all major decisions. He however was quick to add that the consultation does not extend to the implementation stage.
The Senate Minority leader further also hinted that the country is likely to hold a referendum mid next year, warning that the plebiscite will hugely benefit Uhuru as he risks becoming a lame duck President should a constitutional change fail to materialize given how things are going in Jubilee.
“As we progress towards 2022, [there would] be some kind of sharing of power, if not by institutional change but by political practice,” said Orengo.
The career lawyer said he had not read the yet to be published Building Bridges Initiative report but that he expected a referendum is likely to change the structure of the presidency, noting that a parliamentary system is more inclusive.
The lawyer also fired a salvo at his deported National Super Alliance colleague Miguna Miguna, telling him to toughen up and not give up his fight to return to Kenya.
“ODM has not abandoned Miguna Miguna. NASA lawyers represented him all the way to the Court of Appeal and got orders to allow him back. And many of us have been in exile, the likes of Kirauti Murungi, Koigi wa Wamwere and Makau Mutua…toughen up,” Orengo said.
The fiery senator also did not spare the political class, accusing them of seeking easier targets such as 2022 succession politics instead of contributing to reform debates such as climate change and improving governance.
Orengo said many of the leaders now seeking the presidency were nowhere when others were fighting for the second liberation struggle.
“The political class is happier when we are talking about 2022. But when we talk about good governance and climate change as Wangari Maathai did, they are nowhere to be seen,” said Orengo when asked about Musalia Mudavadi’s political ambitions.
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