Jealousy and sibling rivalries threaten to derail handshake as ODM’s Orengo fires salvo

On one end, reports of a flare-up of suspicions between Kalonzo and Ngilu get louder, while on the other end, Raila’s camp seems to feel aggrieved by what they perceive as special treatment that Mudavadi and his group are getting.

In the middle of all these, Uhuru Kenyatta finds himself in a position similar to which his mentor, Mzee Moi found himself in as his retirement came closer; too many contenders to please, yet too few crowns to bestow.

Last month, as party leaders were invited to State House after County Assemblies had passed the BBI draft proposals, in order to chart the way forward on how to push the campaign successfully in the National Assembly, and in the referendum, there were reports of tense moments in the peripheries. It is said that on arriving, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka was surprised and also upset to find that Ngilu had also been invited. Kalonzo considers himself the sole and ultimate voice of Ukambani, and doesn’t foresee an arrangement where he shares that role with someone else.

Yesterday, Orengo came out in the most pronounced manner yet, saying that the handshake was under threat from activities of some unnamed civil servants in Harambee House.

“I want to warn some top civil servants paid by taxpayers’ money to stop meddling in the country’s political leadership,” Said Orengo, implying that he was unhappy with government’s role in the recently concluded by-elections in Matungu and Kabuchai, which ODM lost.

This warning has come hot on the heels of another statement by Raila’s brother Oburu Odinga who earlier on, during an interview with KTN’s Linda Ogutu, insinuated that the door on a partnership between Raila Odinga and William Ruto had not been completely closed, and that there was a possibility of them working together. He clarified that Ruto’s disagreement with Raila didn’t stem from personal or even ideological differences, but simply policy issues. 

Orengo was speaking in his home county of Siaya, in Ugenya, which is also the constituency he hails from. He was attending the memorial of former Kahawa Wendani MCA Cyrus Omondi in Ratado village. He was flanked by other ODM leaders including Rarieda MP, Otiende Amollo. Former MP Joe Donde was in attendance too. The event also served as a homecoming ceremony for current MCA Kevin Ochieng..

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    Written by Joshua Wanga




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