The confusing alleged working relationship between the ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya and deputy president William Ruto just got even more puzzling following the latest strong remarks by the Kakamega governor.
Ever since the Deputy President made the startling remarks a couple of months ago on a major local TV station that he had been secretly meeting with the Kakamega governor to discuss politics without Raila’s knowledge, rumours have been circulating that perhaps Oparanya may be on his way out of the Orange Democratic Movement party to team up with the DP, probably as his running mate in preparation for the 2022 polls. Although Oparanya has denied existence of such a plan, the grapevine has continued to be rife with such allegations.
Over the past weekend, governor Oparanya appeared to pour cold water on a plan by the deputy president to amend the elections act which requires that all elected representatives be holders of a bachelor’s degree. He said that the requirement was a law and not just an informal necessity. He added that leaders had been given enough time within which to upgrade their education level which if they haven’t done so, then they have themselves to blame.
Earlier on, Kakamega women representative Elsie Muhanda had said that is was unreasonable to demand that a contestant for an MCAs seat have the same qualifications as those of one running for president. She promised that they would revisit this, hinting at an amendment of the law.
Her sentiments come hot on the heels of similar statements by the DP. “The Constitution prohibits any unreasonable restrictions being placed on the way of voters or candidates to be able to vie or vote in any elections,” Ruto had said last Thursday.
He asked Parliament to come up with laws that will not discriminate against any Kenyan. ” To say that MCAs should have the same qualifications as MPs, governors and even the President is not to be reasonable,” he said.