Orengo issues three demands to Uhuru before implementing Raila’s truce

NASA lead counsel James Orengo. []

New Senate Minority Leader James Orengo has issued a set of conditions before a peace pact between NASA leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta is implemented.

Orengo wants families who lost their relatives during police confrontations after the bungled August 8 polls and repeat presidential elections on October 26 last year compensated.

“Raila has given it all for the sake of peace. The government must compensate families affected by the political violence before we proceed,” said Orengo according to the Standard.

He spoke on Saturday in Gem during the burial of High Court judge Justice Louis Joseph Onguto where he asked the State to also drop charges against city businessman Jimmy Wanjigi.

Wanjigi and his father, Maina Wanjigi and a body guard attached to Wanjigi Senior are facing gun-related charges at the Nyeri Law Courts.

Orengo further asked the President to do away with political hardliners from Jubilee side because they could hurdle the realization of the peace deal struck by him and Raila.

“I know both sides have snakes who can bite someone and spoil things, but Jubilee has more dangerous snakes than NASA. There are even draculars inside there. We want the President to maintain the commitment by locking them out of the negotiation room,” stated Orengo.

A host of Judiciary officials including the Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu High Court Judges David Majanja and Richard Mwongo among other people in the legal arena graced the funeral ceremony of the late judge.

Maraga eulogized the deceased as a hardworking and dutiful judge while Justice Mwongo described the late Onguto as a responsible servant, articulate, versatile and of absorbent mind.

Rarienda MP, Otiende Amollo, a lawyer by profession said, “He spent more time as advocate and few days as judge. He was honest, courageous and just man who balanced personal and professional life.”

The deceased has been survived by a widow, Consolata Onguto and four children.