With just 54 days to the end of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reign, Siaya County Senator James Orengo’s prophecy about the government eating its own children has been haunting Jubilee Politicians.
On January 5, 2017, Senator James Orengo stood on a Point of Order during a debate on Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2016 that the opposition was against, and he offered free advice on leadership, fame and fortune to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party members
In the famous clip that has stood the test of time, the senior counsel said that revolutions eat their own children
“Sometimes revolutions eat their own children, governments eat their own people, and this government is going to punish you more than they will punish me. I’m telling you, in another one year, you will be crying in my office for me to come and represent you. I know, I can tell,” Orengo said back then.
Orengo was warning the Jubilee legislators who had backed the amendments overwhelmingly arguing that the Bill was meant to seal legal loopholes that led to the nullification of President Kenyatta’s win in the August 8, 2017 Presidential Election.
On March 9, 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga shook hands. The post handshake era led to the formation of two factions in the Jubilee government. Kieleweke team that was supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta and Tangatanga that was supporting Deputy President William Ruto
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The wrangles in the ruling government was the beginning of the ‘government eating its own children’
The latest casualty of Orengo’s prophecy is Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja who has attributed his current tribulations to president Uhuru Kenyatta
Sakaja who is the Nairobi County hopeful accused the President, who is his political mentor, of being the reason his degree from Team University was rejected by the Commission For University Education (CUE).
“To President Kenyatta I say: Let the people decide. Not even the threats to arrest me will dim our resolve to serve the people of Nairobi. The people of Nairobi have resoundingly rejected your project and are looking forward to electing their own. I remain committed and confident that a new dawn for our capital is beckoning, a city of order and dignity; hope and opportunity for all. We shall not be cowed. We will prevail.” Sakaja said
Deputy President William Ruto has also not been spared, despite the ‘yangu kumi ya Ruto kumi’ the DP has complained that he has been sidelined by the president in the government he helped to form.
In a recent interview Ruto said that the President transferred all his functions to the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i
In May 2020, Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nakuru Counterpart Susan Kihika were officially replaced as Senate Majority leader and Majority chief whip positions respectively by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party
The two were replaced by West Pokot County Senator Samuel Poghisio as the Senate Majority Leader and Murang’a County Senator Irungu Kang’ata as the Majority chief whip.
The two senators allied to the Deputy President, Kihika and Murkomen, accused the president persecuting them due to their support for William Ruto
Few months as the Majority Chief Whip, the then Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju axed Irungu Kang’ata due to infamous BBI letter, He was replaced with Kiambu County Senator Kimani WamatangiIn June 2020,
The long serving Majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale was replaced by Kipipiri member of Parliament Amos Kimunya after the Jubilee parliamentary meeting that was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta