Kandara member of parliament Alice Wahome, a well-known supporter of the deputy president and fierce defender of the tanga tanga faction, has now come out to shed light on a phone call she says recently took place between the DP, and the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
This is also the first time a major member of the DP’s camp has come out to confirm that indeed communication between the deputy president and the ODM leader has been taking place. Previously, though talk about the two leaders being in consultation has been peddled within political circles, it has been mainly off the record and unsubstantiated, mostly bordering on hearsay.
Addressing the issue of the phone call between the DP and Raila, Alice said as far as she knew, it is true that indeed the DP did reach out to Raila, but only called him like any leader would call a fellow ailing leader, and wished him well in his struggle against Corona.
She also downplayed a recent radio show interview that Ruto held with Radio Citizen’s Vincent Ateya in his Karen residence for more than an hour. The press has, since the interview, excitedly reported on Ruto’s apparent insinuation that he was ready and willing to work with Raila Odinga and ODM.
Wahome said people were reading too much into the DP’s statement and that he had only answered like any other leader would, when he said he was ready to work with anyone including Raila as long as he supports the tenets of UDA.
Wahome was speaking on KTN’s late night political show, Crossfire, which is hosted by Sophia Wanuna each week. The other two panelists next to Alice were Homa Bay women represantative Gladys Wanga, and former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, madam Beatrice Elachi.
Speaking on the sidelines, Elachi had earlier on in the debate brought a new spin to the recent political developments in the country, suggesting that the BBI referendum was unstoppable, and that in fact, if anything, it would be the election that would have to be pushed forward to create time for the referendum.
This was bitterly contested by Alice who stated that only parliament had the power to postpone an election, and not any parallel power.