The Day Orengo and Raila Publicly Differed over Maina Kamanda's Case

The recent arrest of Embakasi East MP Babu Owino resulted in a concerted effort...

While Odinga and Orengo have proved to be one of the best political tag team in Kenyan politics, it has not always been easy between the two politicians who first worked together as ‘young turks’ of the Second Liberation.

In 2001, former Starehe MP spoke at a rally in Meru where he stated that    President Daniel Arap Moi should be should be "shot at night" if he tried to extend the life of parliament.

Within hours of the statement, Kamanda was arrested in Nairobi and quickly transferred to the Embu Law Court where he was charged with treason, an offence punishable by death.

In his usual passion and fiery manner, Orengo quickly organized protests under the Muungano wa Mageuzi platform where they called for Kamanda’s release.

However, the protests did not augur well with Odinga, who had joined the KANU government as minister of energy after the famous NDP-KANU merger.

As Orengo’s street protests and rallies became widespread, Odinga issued a public statement where he accused the current Siaya Senator of engaging in “treasonable activities”.

Sixteen years later, Orengo and Odinga have since rekindled their political friendship and serve as another example of the fluid nature of Kenyan political alliances.

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