Orengo claims there are two centres of power in Kenya: VIDEO

By K24Tv Team On Sun, 22 Sep, 2019 23:23 | 2 mins read
James Orengo on Punchline
Siaya Senator James Orengo when he appeared on K24's Punchline on September 22, 2019. PHOTO | GERALD ITHAE | K24
Editor's Review
    Siaya Senator James Orengo hints that the country is headed for a referendum mid next year. Orengo says BBI report will recommend a constitutional change to restructure the presidency. Senate Minority Leader says as we progress towards 2022, there will be more sharing of power.  

Siaya Senator James Orengo on Sunday claimed that there are two centres of power in Kenya, Capitol Hill where Raila Odinga operates from and State House.

Orengo revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta consults Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila on all major decisions.

However, the Senate Minority Leader said the consultation does not extend to the implementation stage.

Orengo also hinted that the country is likely to hold a referendum mid next year, warning that Mr Kenyatta risks becoming a lame duck should a constitutional change fail to materialise.

“As we progress towards 2022, [there would] be some kind of sharing of power, if not by institutional change but by political practice,” said Orengo.

But the Siaya senator said he had not read the yet to be published Building Bridges Initiative report.

Orengo said the expected referendum is likely to change the structure of the presidency, noting that a parliamentary system is more inclusive.

Miguna Miguna

The lawyer also fired a salvo at his deported National Super Alliance colleague Miguna Miguna, telling him to toughen up and not give up his fight to return to Kenya.

“ODM has not abandoned Miguna Miguna. Nasa lawyers represented him all the way to the Court of Appeal and got orders to allow him back. And many of us have been in exile, the likes of Kirauti Murungi, Koigi wa Wamwere and Makau Mutua…toughen up,” Orengo said.

The fiery senator also did not spare the political class, accusing them of seeking easier targets such as 2022 succession politics instead of contributing to reform debates such as climate change and improving governance.

Orengo said many of the leaders now seeking the presidency sat on the sidelines during the second liberation struggle.

“The political class is happier when we are talking about 2022. But when we talk about good governance and climate change as Wangari Maathai did, they are nowhere to be seen,” said Orengo when asked about Musalia Mudavadi’s political ambitions.

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