Orengo, Mbadi put Uhuru on the spot with emotional plea, slam team Tanga tanga

The journey will be difficult - Orengo warns

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta with James Orengo when the president visited Kisumu early this year

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Friday put on the spot over 2022 succession politics with ODM leaders making a passionate plea to the president to carefully choose his successor and also cautioning him about Jubilee party politicians who have embarked on premature campaigns.

Speaking on Uhuru’s choice of a successor that has so far attracted the interest of Deputy President William Ruto among others, ODM Chairman John Mbadi urged the president to join him in prayers “so that you (Uhuru) do not leave us someone who is a thief."

“I want you, Mr. President, to think about the legacy you wish to leave behind with regard to who takes over as your successor. (Please ensure that) he carries on with efforts against corruption instead of reversing them," Mbadi said.

The leader of minority in the National Assembly affirmed that ODM will support "anything progressive" and is strongly behind the Building Bridges initiative to ensure sustained peace and unity.

The journey will be difficult - Orengo warns

Speaking at the same event, Siaya Senator James Orengo warned that the Jubilee wing that has embarked on early 2022 campaigns-most notable are members of team Tanga-tanga will find it rough should they fail to shelve politics.

“You, our commanders, have told us to put our arms down. The [National Super Alliance] brigade has done that. Please ask your troops to also keep quiet so that we can build one Kenya. Otherwise, the journey will be difficult," he said.

“You have said categorically that people should forget about 2022 because you want to build this nation to ensure inclusivity, which is becoming a reality.”

“The agenda we have for 2022 is so substantive that all our energies should be put together. We know you mean well but in politics meaning well is not good enough." Orengo added.

The unity pact between President Kenyatta and opposition boss Raila Odinga has on several occasions been criticized by a section of politicians allied to DP Ruto who allege it is a plot by Odinga to secure President Kenyatta’s endorsement in 2022.

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