Activist Boniface Mwangi attacked Senate Minority Leader James Orengo in a strong worded statement after the Legislator made a powerful submission at the Senate during the special sitting to discuss the BBI bill.
In his submission, Orengo urged MPs to be principled and unbowed when carrying out their constitutional mandate.
“When we sit or camp before the Senate as a parliamentarian, you have your own self worth. And me, I can never be intimidated in my political life. Because I’ve seen many people come and go. I’ve seen many powerful people come and go,” Orengo claimed on Thursday, May 6 at the Senate.
In a rejoinder, the activist likened Orengo to other political lieutenants of key political figures in the country further stating that Orengo’s days as a principled politician long ended.
“The fearless James Orengo of the 80’s and 90’s is gone. The Orengo who ran for president on principles. Orengo became a victim of Raila’s tribal politics. If Orengo doesn’t do what Baba says, he can’t win any election in Siaya,” Mwangi said.
“When Raila says we jump, Orengo doesn’t even ask how high, he just jumps. Orengo is what Murkomen is to Ruto. Orengo of today is just an educated sycophant who defends whatever Raila does,” Mwangi fired back.
Mwangi’s fiery attack on Orengo comes after a host of Orange Democratic Movement MPs differed with its party on the constitution amendment bill leading the ejection of Rarieda MP Otiende Amolo from the prestigious Parliament Justice Committee.
While giving his submission in Parliament, Orengo indirectly waded into the intrigues in his party occasioned by ideological differences over the bill stating,
“Imagine next time you may have a motion for the trial of a president, will you be intimidated? So I urge you, for the future of this country, in the performance of your constitutional duties, never be intimidated.
And if my day comes, I’ll accept it. But my conscience, I will never sell it.
Without mincing words, the activist who has been vocal on his stand against the BBI shot back, accusing Orengo and other politicians of blindly following their party leaders.
“It’s not only the voters who make bad choices but even some of the leaders we elect to represent us end up like Orengo, Murkomen, Kimunya etc grown men who can’t think for themselves.
They can do evil or tell fat lies to Kenyans just to please their tribal kingpin. In the coming days you will hear lies of how Building Bridges Initiative is the magic medicine that will cure Kenya of tribalism, corruption and poverty,” Mwangi claimed.