James Orengo: A facade of former self

Many years ago, when I was still trying to learn the art and science of politics, one of the Kenyan politicians I used to adore and respect a lot is Siaya Senator James Aggrey Orengo.

Fiery, charismatic, inspiring and charming, Orengo is with no doubt one of the best brains our political scene has ever seen.

From his days as a student leader at the University of Nairobi to his role in the second liberation of the early 1990s, Orengo distinguished himself as true leader of our times.

Orengo’s story largely inspired my initial political life narrative.

Unfortunately, the Orengo many of us used to know is no more.

The man we have today is merely a facade of former self.

So, what exactly went wrong?

In my opinion, Orengo lost it the moment he accepted to succumb to Odingaism, a mistake he had successfully avoided for decades.

You don’t need to be a political scientist from space to know that Odingaism is the most lethal philosophy one can subscribe to.

Odingaism does not just halt your progress up the political ladder; it also ends up consuming it’s own children.

The day Orengo decided to substitute his initial objectivity with Raila’s sycophancy is the day the rain started beating him.

A once promising soul has been reduced to a mere Raila’s parrot.

His charisma has disappeared, his gift of gab dwindled and his initial focus is no more.

I wonder who will redeem this rare brain.

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