ODM leaders, headed by Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, have threatened to end their handshake with Jubilee over undermining claims.
Speaking in Ulimbia Village in Gem, Siaya County on Saturday, Orengo said that a section of Jubilee leaders was derailing the handshake. If this continued, Orengo warned, then they would embark on their opposition role.
The common opponent
Orengo pointed at the DP, William Ruto, whom he accused of using his allies to derail the handshake.
“As ODM, we made the choice of supporting and working with the government…If they keep provoking us, then we are ready to go to the trenches for the sake of Kenyans,” Orengo said.
Orengo went ahead and called on the President to crack the whip on his Deputy, who Orengo said was undermining his (Uhuru’s) authority.
He further dismissed talks that the handshake was about the 2022 elections and asked for Kenyans to take the time to understand the document.
Obeying court orders
The Siaya Senator also called out the President and his handshake partner, Raila. Orengo called on the President to obey court orders if he cared about Kenya’s democracy.
“Democracies are stronger where institutions of justice are strong,” Orengo said, “and that requires them to comply with court orders, whether you like it or not. Comply then appeal, as ordinary Kenyans do.”
Jubilee has become notorious for disregarding court orders repeatedly, especially when the ruling is against them.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i is has been seen as one of the people who defies court orders the most. He also does not appear before the parliamentary committee to answer questions regarding the move.
Kenya’s debt crisis
Orengo further called on the government to cap its borrowing and live within its means. Kenya’s debt rose over Ksh 10 trillion, past its debt ceiling of Ksh 9 trillion.
The rise followed the National Treasury inclusion of Ksh 3.4 trillion in the national debt. This move followed pressure from the IMF on Public Debt Disclosure. Indeed, recently, Treasury CS, Ukur Yattani, admitted that Kenya was facing a financial crisis and was ‘broke’.