Details have emerged on a threatening message that Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo allegedly sent to ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The wrangles in the ODM party began on 3rd May when the party called for a sit down with Siaya Senator James Orengo and Otiende Amollo. According to the party leaders, the meeting aimed to iron out the wrangles regarding their stance on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document.
“When Otiende and Orengo were in Kadem, Nyatike, last Saturday, Raila called the two to meet him on Monday,” Mbadi said.
ODM chairman John Mbadi told journalists that both Orengo and Amollo snubbed the meeting. Additionally, Mbadi said that Amollo sent Raila Odinga a text threatening to resign from his role as the deputy chair of the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
According to Mbadi, the text was the last strike that made them decide to oust him from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
Otiende Amollo responds
Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo refuted the claims that he sent a text to Raila threatening to resign from his position. He alleged that Mbadi was merely trying to doctor issues.
“This is the art of spin mastering. You are trying to move the issue from what it is to where you want it to go. I will not let you spin me. I speak to Raila Odinga, and I have no issue with him. He is actually my client, “Amollo said.
Additionally, the Rarieda MP said that he saw his ouster coming. He noted that his position in the committee never attracted discernible benefits in the form of allowances.
“Serving as the vice-chair of JLAC was a responsibility. It did not have benefits contrary to what people think. You do not get any distinct office, You do not travel in any better circumstances, and neither do you get an additional allowance. What you do is you have an additional responsibility,” he said.
Amollo also refuted claims that he had snubbed a meeting with the ODM leader on Monday. He said that they had planned to meet when Raila Odinga fully recuperates.