Siaya Senator James Orengo has firmly maintained that he would not allow anyone inside ODM party to intimidate him into changing his principles.
The vocal lawyer and counterpart Otiende Amollo recently found themselves in trouble with Orange Democratic Movement officials for criticizing provisions of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2020, BBI.
While making his submission during a special Senate sitting to Thursday, May 6, to discuss Wajir governor Abdi Mohammed’s impeachment, Orengo said he can never be intimidated for holding a contrary opinion.
“I can never be intimidated in my political life because I have seen many people come and go, I have seen many powerful people come and go. I have seen presidents come here and go,
I have seen people who on their word, you’d leave this house and be locked in the same day, they’ve come and gone,” Orengo said.
Orengo who sat in the joint justice and legal affairs committee of parliament that considered and pocked holes in bill has been on the radar of the party for not speaking the same language.
His exclamations come at a time when perceived party rebels have been stripped off their plum parliamentary jobs.
Rarieda Member of Parliament was recently kicked out of the Justice Legal and Affairs Committee, with party officials saying that he was axed after he sent a ‘resignation’ text to Raila Odinga.
While ODM party said Otiende was axed for sending threatening SMS to party leader, the lawmaker has dismissed the reports with other sources asserting that he was kicked out due to his bold stand on the BBI Bill.
In an apparent reference to reports that ODM is plotting to oust him as the Senate Minority leader, Orengo said he was ready for any outcome.
“If my day comes, I will accept it, but my conscience, the way I was brought up I can never sell it, I would never,” he maintained.