The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has issued a statement following reports on internal wrangles within the party that could affect the implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.
In a statement issued by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party Director of Communications Philip Etale on Monday, May 3, 2021, the party revealed the difference that has played out among some of its senior officials over the contents of the BBI Bill.
“In a democratic party like the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) members have to disagree and later agree on principle especially when it comes to sensitive matters as the constitution review.
“As a party, we wish to assure our members, supporters and the general public that our legislators are only differing on substance but have a common agreement that they will all pass the Bill on the voting day,” Etale stated.
ODM has urged Kenyans not to look at the differences in opinion as a split in the party but as a demonstration of maturity in a democratic space.
Siaya Senator James Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo had been accused of betraying the party after they supported the declaration of 70 additional constituencies as unconstitutional.
The duo, long-time supporters of ODM leader Raila Odinga has also called for amendments to be done before passing the document.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed who is also the co-chair of the BBI secretariat and the ODM Director of Elections has accused Orengo of attempting to disown a document he helped draft alongside National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.
“He cannot turn around now to say we didn’t agree on this or that. He cannot run away from his baby,” Junet stated.
The Orengo faction is of the opinion that not only is creating new constituencies supposed to be handled by the IEBC, but the team has also claimed the new constituencies fail the test of regional representation as 40 out of the 70 in the new list are from one region.