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Orengo ‘prophetic’ warning which Jubilee lawmakers failed to heed – VIDEO


In 2017, Siaya Senator James Orengo stood on a Point of Order and offered free advice on leadership, fame and fortune to the Leader of Majority in the Senate, Kipchumba Murkomen.

At the time, Jubilee legislators had tabled a contentious Election Laws (Amendment) Bill that the opposition was fighting against.

A clip of that moment in the Senate has now resurfaced in the wake of claims by Jubilee politicians from the Tanga Tanga faction that they are being ‘victimized’ by the government.

In the clip, Senator Orengo schooled the Jubilee lawmakers on how governments in power behave, warning them that they would one day pay for their ‘sins’.

“Sometimes revolutions eat their own children, governments eat their own people, and this government is going to punish you more than they will punish me. I’m telling you, in another one year, you will be crying in my office for me to come and represent you. I know, I can tell,” Orengo said back then.

Jubilee legislators who backed the amendments overwhelmingly said the Bill is meant to seal legal loopholes that led to the nullification of President Kenyatta’s win in the August 8, 2017 Presidential Election.

One of the key provisions of the Bill is a clause that would render it impossible for the Supreme Court to nullify results of a presidential election based on minor discrepancies.

Team Tanga Tanga, which openly supports Deputy President William Ruto’s bid for President in 2022, is locked in fierce succession war with the rival Kieleweke faction which rallies behind President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The wrangles largely developed following the famous ‘handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga on March 9, 2018, a peace pact that effectively ended the animosity between the two political leaders.