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ODM Confirms Fallout Over BBI, Announces Way Forward

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  • The Orange Democratic Party has issued a statement after reports that internal conflicts within the party threatened to lead to delays or collapse of the Construction Bridge Program.

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    In a statement written by ODM Communications Director Philip Etale on Monday, May 3, the party confirmed that some of its top leaders were reading from different texts according to the contents of the BBI Bill.

    Etale, however, narrowed the differences over the content, saying there was an agreement that the bill would be passed by both ODM MPs and Senators.

    Siaya Senator James Orengo speaking during the distribution of Gem CDF burs in Wagai on Monday, February 19th.

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    “In a democratic party such as members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) they should disagree and later agree on principles especially when it comes to sensitive issues during constitutional review.

    As a party, we would like to assure our members, supporters and the general public that our MPs differ not only in matters but also in agreement that they will all pass the Bill on polling day, â € the statement read.

    The ODM has urged Kenyans not to look at differences of opinion as divisions in the party but as a sign of maturity in a democratic space.

    Siaya Senator James Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo had been accused of betraying the party after supporting the declaration of an additional 70 states as unconstitutional.

    The two, longtime supporters of ODM leader Raila Odinga have also called for amendments to be made before passing the document.

    Suna East MP Junet Mohammed who is also the co-chair of the BBI secretariat and ODM Director of Elections has accused Orengo of trying to deny the document he helped to prepare the draft along with National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.

    “She can not turn around now to say we do not agree on this or that. She cannot run away from her child,” Junet said.

    The Orengo faction is of the view that it is not only creating new constituencies to be addressed by the IEBC, but the team has also claimed that the new constituencies have failed the regional representation test as 40 out of 70 on the new list are from one province.

    The split saw Orengo attracted by ODM supporters who accused him of betraying Odinga for undermining the BBI Bill.

    Raila’s internal circulation sees Orengo’s stance as a coup attempt against the former Luo of the Luo kingdom – at a time when Odinga is recovering from Covid-19.

    The senator was reportedly summoned to the home of Raila Karen by the State House to persuade him against his tough stance on the BBI bill.

    Rated photo of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo.Rated photo of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo.

    Rated photo of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo.

  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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