Ruaraka member of parliament, and close Raila ally TJ Kajwang’ has come out to completely dispel any rumours that Kakamega gorvernor Wycliffe Oparanya went to meet deputy president William Ruto as part of a larger strategic plan by party leader, Raila Odinga.
While trying to sound diplomatic, and falling short of calling the deputy party leader’s actions rogue, Hon. Kajwang’ went on to explain that Oparanya’s position in the party not withstanding, he had gone to meet the deputy president in his own personal capacity.
Although the Ruaraka legislator was at pains to explain why and how such a high ranking member of the party could meet one of the party leader’s biggest critics for such a long time, he maintained that Oparanya had held the meeting as part of his own program.
He went on to say that he himself wasn’t an obscure person in ODM, and that if in deed there had been a message that Oparanya had been sent to Ruto with, he would most likely have been aware of the arrangement.
TJ Kajwang’ was speaking yesterday on one of KTN’s top political shows, Crossfire, which airs every Thursday and is hosted by Sophia Wanuna.
Responding to Wanuna’s question over how he could conclusively prove that the Kakamega governor wasn’t in the meeting as a Raila emissary, TJ said that in the event Raila needed to send somebody to DP Ruto’s camp, he would send a junior person like himself, and not such a high ranking official as Oparanya.
All this came in the wake of a nine hour long meeting held between Wycliffe Oparanya, and deputy president William Ruto.
Just days ago, Oparanya, considered a close Raila ally and confidant, raised eyebrows when he seemed to suggest that the BBI was not a top priority at the moment, and that there were more pressing issues that the country was grappling with which required more immediate attention, such as the pandemic.