The senator of Siaya county James Orengo who also doubled as the Senate Minority Leader seems to be a lonely man when it comes to decision making within
ODM party Ranks.
A keen observer of Luo Nyanza politics may have noticed that as we headed to the 2017 elections Orengo had created a power axis in Luo Nyanza which comprised Hons Millie Odhiambo and Jakoyo Midiwo.
This troop choppered around Luo Nyanza nearly every weekend holding fundraisers left to right and center but they halted the plans and joined the baba bandwagon.
They were rumored to be a rebel movement within ODM and
actually, the team besotted the controversial kasarani swearing-in, another day Post 2017 gave Orengo an opportunity to set up a new power ring.
With Jakoyo having lost, Orengo recruited new players into his team. He signed Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo, Alego Usonga MP Sam Atandi, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Kisumu Senator Fred Outa and lately Migori Senator Ochilo Ayacko
*What’s Orengo’s plan*?
It seems Orengo is trying to create a power base parallel to Raila’s in Luo Nyanza. Sources close to him disclose that he’s praying his cards smart.
What has surprised Orengo and his troops whoever is that unknown to them Raila has spies within their camp who have disclosed this scheme. It is this information about Orengo’s political hypocrisy that has led to his said allies being politically castrated back in their respective electoral jurisdictions and in Parliament.
Hons Millie, Elisha, and Atandi have been relegated to peripheral committees where their visibility is minimal. Hon Otiende and Senator Outa seem to have survived this onslaught but for how long we don’t know. Senator Kajwang was replaced as Counties Public Accounts Committee Chair by senator Orengo who is a more trusted ally of Raila Odinga.