ODM Leader Raila Odinga has rubbished reports that the party is planning to oust Siaya Senator James Orengo from his Minority Leader position at the Senate.

In a statement of Wednesday evening, Raila’s Spokesperson Dennis Onyango termed the reports as baseless, noting that they should be ignored completely.

“Following changes effected yesterday to the representation of the Orange Democratic Movement in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, there has been unfounded and widespread speculation that the Party is about to change its Minority leadership in the Senate.

“We wish to clarify that Rt. Hon Raila Odinga, the ODM Party Leader, and the Orange Democratic Movement have no plans to replace Senator James Orengo as the Leader of Minority in the Senate,” Onyango’s statement read in part.


Early this week, ODM made changes to its composition in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly replacing Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo with his Ruaraka counterpart TJ Kajwang.

It is believed that Otiende was replaced because of his stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) where he has been calling for amendment of the document by Parliament.

Following Otiende’s ouster, many expected ODM to move to the Senate and kick out its Leader of Minority Senator James Orengo who’s also been pushing for amendment of the BBI Bill.

On several occasions, Senator Orengo is on record stating that Parliament cannot be used as a conveyor belt. His stand is, however, against that of ODM which maintains that the Bill should be passed as it is.

In view of the above, many believed that Orengo would be ousted, but it now appears that the party still has faith in the Senior Counsel.