Tension is brewing in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) after party chair Raila Odinga convened a meeting on Tuesday after a section of party members defied the party’s stand on the 8% VAT on fuel.
The move is said to have disgruntled Odinga with Siaya Senator James Orengo’s name popping up during the meeting due to his firm stand against the bill despite the Former Prime Minister urging members to support it.
According to a source privy to the party, Mr. Orengo rallied MPs to reject the President’s memorandum on the basis that it would not only affect ordinary Kenyans but manufacturers as well, the Standard reports.
The source added that Orengo had threatened to move to court to challenge new finance Bill.
“The buck will stop with Parliament and not the President. I appeal to the National Assembly to reject the reservations by the President in total. I want to remind ourselves that Parliament does not represent the Executive and neither is it an extension of the Executive,” said Orengo as quoted from the standard
During the meeting on Tuesday, Siaya Senator denied the claims and said that he was not aware of the decision to crack the whip on those who defied the party’s position on the Finance Bill passed last week.
“I’m a member of the central committee and I’m not aware of that,” Orengo affirmed.
ODM’s leadership is said to have expressed concern over the growing discontent and rebellion painted by a good number of members that has been exhibited since last week on Friday after passage of new finance Bill which was spearheaded by National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi.
Raila Odinga’s son on Tuesday last week, publicly opposed NASA’s decision to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal concerning the 8 percent VAT on petroleum products.
Raila Odinga Jr took to social media to reject the declaration by NASA leaders stating that they support the proposal made by Mr Kenyatta.
“Unfortunately as a Kenyan citizen, I am unconvinced by the statement put out by NASA on the VAT on Fuel, non of the conditions they’ve put up are measurable and even if they were they are nowhere near closing the deficit on the debt,” he said.