Siaya Senator Orengo Speaks on vying for President after Raila's Retirement

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Siaya Senator James Orengo has broken his silence on the Odinga succession...

Siaya Senator James Orengo has for the first spoken on his position regarding the Raila Odinga succession debate.

In an interview published by the Sunday Nation, the fiery lawyer indicated that he did not have plans to replace his party leader.

Orengo explained that politics did work like real estate where property is easily transferred from the owner to the heir.

The veteran indicated that he practiced politics of conviction in defending the NASA coalition and not as a strategy to get power.

Orengo was responding to a question on whether his passionate defence of NASA was a political strategy to inherit NASA leader's political base.


Asked on his ambitions to vie for President, the veteran politician was noncommittal, only indicating that he would continue with politics of "reform and hope".

"I am just a conviction politician, if you will. There is no real estate in politics. I, therefore, cannot be an heir," the Siaya legislator remarked.

Orengo unsuccessfully vied for Presidency in 2002 and is taunted as one of the potential successors to ODM leader's political constituency.

"My candidature did not target the presidency but rather it sought to find some space, however small, for the politics of human rights and social justice to be in the political discourse during the campaigns, Orengo stated.

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