James Orengo regrets ignoring Raila’s advice

Siaya Governor James Orengo has said he regrets ignoring the advice of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga not to choose William Oduol as his deputy.

Orengo and his deputy appeared before the Senate Returns Committee on Wednesday, May 22, to respond to queries regarding the alleged mistreatment of Oduol by refusing to accept him back into office after he was exonerated by the Senate in June 2023 after that the county assembly removed him. (Oduol).

“I regret that I ignored the advice given to me by ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Siaya Senator Oburu Oginga not to choose Oduol as my running mate during the 2022 general elections,” Orengo said.

The county chief told the transfer committee that reconciliation with his deputy governor was impossible.

ODM leader Raila Odinga and Siaya Governor James Orengo during the burial of Barack Otieno Oduor on October 28, 2022.


James Orengo

In his arguments, Orengo told the committee chairman, Sheikh Abbas, that William Oduol neither acknowledged that he is a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nor committed to following the party’s rules.

“I experienced the fallout right after the election during the brief time I left him in charge of the county while carrying out Raila’s petition for the presidential election,” he revealed.

He explained that the situation put him in a difficult situation because if he agreed to work with Oduol, residents would resist because Siaya is an ODM stronghold. A match that Orengo claimed the Director General had repudiated.

The circus in Siaya County began in May 2023, when 38 MCAs passed the motion to remove Oduol from office.

Ward representatives accused the CEO of serious misconduct.

Oduol was later saved by the Senate, which overturned the county assembly’s decision to impeach him.

Oduol had accused Orengo of embezzling county funds. He exposed how millions were withdrawn from the county fund without following proper procedure.

Siaya Governor James Orengo speaking on Friday, May 12, 2023.


James Orengo

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