A section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders has turned against Raila Odinga’s cooperation with President Uhuru Kenyatta, calling for its cancellation.
Citing the case of Miguna Miguna’s deportation, the leaders led by Siaya Senator James Orengo stated that the unity pact between the two leaders was baseless, conveying that there was no point of the opposition working with the government.
The Nation reported that the leaders are disgruntled by the government’s blatant disregard of court orders adding that the Uhuru-led administration was violating the constitution.
“Uhuru has to be held accountable now. Any engagement with him in any process would be an act of impunity because he is condoning the blatant and brazen defiance of court orders.
“He has put the Judiciary in an embarrassing position. His hands are there, the warning he gave to the Judiciary that he would revisit it after the Supreme Court overturned his declaration of the win by IEBC is there for all to see.
“The handshake rises or falls on the pedestal of the rule of law, and if the State is out to undermine the rule of law, then it has no basis. The joint statement by the two also talked about rights and respect for the rule of law. The government is not keen to follow the rule of law. The GSU has clobbered us, meaning this handshake between Uhuru and Raila is baseless,” he stated.
Speaking on behalf of members of the party, Orengo further warned that Odinga would be part of any injustice committed by the Jubilee administration.
Among the issues, they want to address include Miguna’s return to the country, compensation for families who lost their loved ones during the crackdown by police after the 2017 elections.
The group further wants an agreement on how the country can achieve electoral reforms to be given priority in the talks.
However, earlier in March, Majority leader Aden Duale stated that electoral reforms were not up for discussion in the unity pact.
“Jubilee is also not ready to discuss amending of Constitution,” he stated.