Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Monday 10 May 2021 met with Siaya County Senator James Orengo amid reports of looming fallout between the two leaders over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process.
Others who were hosted by the ODM leader included Orengo include Rarieda Member of Parliament Atiende Omollo, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.
“I had a great chat this morning with Governor Charity Ngilu, Oparanya, and together with Senator James Orengo whom I hosted for brunch. Thanks for dropping by,” Raila wrote on his social media pages.
Ngilu also took to her social media pages to state that the work of dealing with the current pandemic, youth unemployment, and the stressed economic times need everyone to come together regardless of party affiliations.
She added that Kenyans are looking up to lawmakers to get them out of the challenges they are facing currently and this is not the time to disagree about issues that should be bringing everyone together.
A few days ago James Orengo had raised his concerns over the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill as it currently is and in particular, the new 70 new Constituencies proposed in the document.
The Siaya Senator has teamed up with Atiende Omollo and Oparanya in what has been seen as open rebelliousness to the former Prime Minister’s plea for the BBI bill to be passed without changes. The trio warned that the new Constituencies would “divide the country.”
National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed labeled Orengo as a traitor as he was trying to disown the committee that produced the final BBI.
Junet added that Orengo was essentially trying to disown a document he himself, by the virtue of being a co-captain, authored asserting that it is the height of political dishonesty.
On May 6, James Orengo stressed out that he can never be intimated in his political life because he has seen many people come and go as well as powerful people.
The wrangles led to rumors that ODM was planning to impeach Orengo as the Leader of the Minority in the Senate but the party squashed the reports.
On Thursday 6, the National Assembly passed the BBI after 235 MPs voted yes while 83 voted no and two abstained.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday, May 11, to decide the fate of the proposed constitutional changes.