Siaya Senator James Orengo has been the target of criticism amid a deepening rift at the ODM party.
Due to his call for an amendment of the BBI bill before passing it at the Senate and National Assembly, Orengo has been termed as a traitor in the party.
Top ODM officials have called out Orengo for going against the party position; which requires its members to pass the constitution amendment bill as it is.
In a Facebook post targeting James Orengo, ODM spokesperson Dennis Onyango termed the BBI opponents as ‘demagogues’ with only a linguistic influence.
Referring to Orengo’s literature prowess and high academic qualifications, Onyango said that good leaders do not show off their academic powers in public spaces.
“The demagogues have had their years, indeed decades, discussing politics in flawless English and legal jargon on the floor and public rallies. It is time for a different path,” wrote Onyango.
In his cryptic message, the ODM spokesperson said that leaders such as the late Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki did not depict academic power, but were able to rule the country.
“Mzee Daniel Arap Moi did not approach us in flawless English. He never told us what his ideologies were. He never told us what his high school was or which faculty he was in. He ruled for 24 years.”
“Mwai Kibaki never approached us with flawless English. He never even spoke of his university years. He was known as a coward. He did his 10 years,” he wrote.
The pro-BBI team in the party, led by chairman John Mbadi and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed has termed Orengo’s team as rebels, going against the party’s position.
Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo lead a team of leaders who want an amendment made into a section of the BBI that addresses the introduction of 70 new constituencies.