Mbadi denies Orengo’s claims on Uhuru-Raila 2022 deal

Mbadi denies Orengo's claims on Uhuru-Raila 2022 deal
ODM Party Chairman John Mbadi and Siaya Senator James Orengo. PHOTOS| COURTESY

ODM Party Chairman John Mbadi has denied reports indicating that there is an agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to form a political alliance for the 2022 General Election.

Mbadi, who is also the National Assembly Minority Leader, was speaking after the Standard Newspaper on Thursday quoted Siaya Senator James Orengo — a close confidant of Mr. Odinga — suggesting that Kenyatta and the opposition chief would team up in the next elections.

“ODM is going for political power, and when we are holding these meetings our eyes are set on 2022. The contestation for power is going to come from a formation with ODM in it and formation of Jubilee where Uhuru Kenyatta is playing a role,” Orengo was quoted as saying.

However, addressing the press at Parliament buildings Mbadi dismissed Orengo’s sentiments stating that ODM had not entered into any political agreement yet.

“It is not in doubt that as a party we will participate in the 2022 elections. As to who will be our competitors we still don’t know. As to who we will work with in terms of alliances we still don’t know,” Mbadi said.

He added: “So it is premature and too early for anybody to purport to be speaking for ODM and implying that ODM has already entered into any arrangement with any party or individual.”

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