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Friday May 15, 2020 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has ordered a purge in ODM to flush out Deputy President William Ruto’s sympathizers.

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta did the same in the Senate and the National Assembly where he sacked Ruto’s allies, Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika, from the Senate leadership.

From the Senate, Uhuru is headed to the National Assembly where Ruto’s men are the target.

Speaking during a meeting yesterday, Raila told his lieutenants to move quickly and change the composition of committees.

The changes, he said, are part of the preparations to start the legal process he is working on with the President for implementing the BBI report once Covid-19 is contained.

The four-hour meeting was held at Orange House, with party insiders saying Mr. Kenyatta and the ODM chief are keen on taking complete control of the two Houses in implementing their agenda.

“The reconstitution of the committees is to ensure seamless implementation of the BBI report when it comes to Parliament.”

“Most of the things will be done in the National Assembly and Senate,” said the source, who requested not to be named.

“The President has already started working on the leadership of the Senate from his side,” the source added.

The source said Mr. Odinga informed the ODM leaders of his constant consultation with the President.

“We will seize every opportunity to bring the reforms we have been yearning for at this moment when there is still … camaraderie between the two leaders,’’ said the source.

Mr. Orengo, Mr. Mohamed and Mr Mbadi will meet next week to work on the reconstitution of committee membership.

It is still not clear who will be moved.

The ODM leader told his troops that it will be pointless to join the Government when the BBI report and the necessary constitutional reforms have not been effected.

Raila reportedly told them that the Orange Party is considering a long working relationship with Jubilee, “even post-2022, and so the focus now must be on implementing the BBI report and pushing for the reforms”.


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