Raila: I have no plans to kick out Orengo from Senate minority seat

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 07:15 |
ODM leader Raila Odinga and Siaya Senator James Orengo.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga has no plans to eject Senate Minority Leader James Orengo from his leadership post, says the former Prime Minister's spokesperson Dennis Onyango.

In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, Onyango says reports indicating Raila wants Orengo out are untrue and unfounded.

"We wish to clarify that Raila Odinga, the ODM party leader and the Orange Democratic Movement have no plans to replace senator James Orengo as the leader of minority in the Senate," read in part the statement by Onyango.

The clarification comes at the backdrop of reports that Senator Orengo is the next target after the ouster of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo from the Justice Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) of the National Assembly.

The two MPs were labelled traitors and also accused of plotting to scuttle the referendum process after maintaining their hardline stand on amending the Bill.

MP Otiende and Senator Orengo led push to have the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020, amended before it is passed by parliament.

The two questioned the legality of the 70 constituencies proposed in the Bill saying the mandate to altar boundaries lies with the IEBC.

The section of MPs wants the distribution of constituencies and the creation of the office of ombudsman scrapped.

Their stand on the Bill caused a push and pull in the ODM party forcing the National Assembly leader John Mbadi, in consultation with a section of the party leadership, to replace Otiende with Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang at JLAC.

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