‘You Cannot Intimidate Me,’ Unapologetic Orengo to ODM

James Orengo with Raila Odinga
Beleaguered Siaya Senator James Orengo has said he will not allow being intimated or directed on how to execute his roles.

In an unapologetic dig aimed at his detractors in the ODM party, Orengo said he has never been intimidated and will never allow that to happen in his political life.

“I can never be intimated in my political life because I have seen many people come and go, I have seen many powerful people come and go,” he said.

Adding that, “I have seen Presidents come here and go. I have seen people who on their words you will leave this house and be locked in the same day, they have come and gone.”

Orengo is currently in trouble with a certain cabal of ODM honchos for criticizing provisions of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The senate minority leader sat in the joint justice and legal affairs committee of parliament that considered and picked holes in the bill.

During the debate on the bill in the Senate last week, the senior counsel tore into several provisions of the bill, terming some of them unconstitutional.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, Orengo said he will continue to perform his duties and speaking his mind.

“I have seen very respected women in this country like Grace Onyango who was in the committee for special investigation relating to the disappearance of JM Kariuki and she stood firm. She was required to change a report of the national assembly and she stood firm,” he said.

Orengo chided those who try to muzzle the voices of those who don’t agree with their opinion and equated them to behave like a nation of beasts.

On Tuesday, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo touted as an ally of Orengo was ousted from the Justice and Legal Affairs committee of the National Assembly.

On Wednesday, ODM was forced to issue a statement to refute reports that ODM leader Raila Odinga plans to remove Orengo from his position as the leader of Minority.

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