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‘There will be no silence’ – Orengo warns govt over abductions, extrajudicial killings

Monday, July 8th, 2024 17:36 | By
Siaya Governor James Orengo at a past event. PHOTO/@orengo_james/X
Siaya Governor James Orengo at a past event. PHOTO/@orengo_james/X

Siaya Governor James Orengo has issued a stern warning to the government regarding the alarming trend of abductions and extrajudicial killings.

In a statement on his X account on July 8, 2024, Orengo vowed that Kenyans would not remain silent in the face of such grave injustices as abductions, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests.

In addition, the first-time governor described extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrests as hallmarks of a repressive state.

He further urged the current government to understand the importance of upholding the Bill of Rights, as well as ensuring that security organs were operating within the boundaries of the law. 

Further, he expressed his disappointment that such violations were still persistent despite the protections enshrined in the 2010 Constitution.

“Abductions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and prosecutions and extrajudicial killings are characteristic of a repressive state. Security organs are required to respect the Bill of Rights. Nobody thought that these crimes against the people can be committed after the Constitution 2010. There will be no silence,” he said.

Orengo asks Ruto to resign

Over the past month, Kenyan youth initially took to the streets requesting for Finance Bill 2024 to be rejected.

As a result of President William Ruto's delayed response to their request, other issues were raised by citizens who compiled a list of demands that they wished the government would address and added his resignation as one of them.

Similarly, recently, the governor backed Gen Z in their call for accountability from the government.

Siaya Governor James Orengo
Siaya Governor James Orengo. PHOTO/@orengo_james/X

The governor asked the hard questions to the Kenya Kwanza Government and publicly joined Generation Z in calling for President William Ruto's resignation.

On July 1, 2024, Orengo made a public plea to Ruto and asked him to resign. He argued that there was too much public anger against the Kenya Kwanza government.

According to Orengo, if Ruto was listening to the people's mood in the country, he would resign because Kenyans were fed up with his administration.

“Talking to him (Ruto) will not resolve anything; there is too much anger against the Kenya Kwanza administration. If he is truly a Christian, he should just resign with this entire government,” Orengo added.

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