In a remarkable display of real politic, the deputy president yesterday used a prime time opportunity he had to expose secret meetings he has been holding with Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, despite the governor having spent the entire week denying existence of such an arrangement.
In a development that is likely to have a major impact, and readjustments, on the local political scene, the deputy president didn’t stop with Oparanya. He went on to talk about other governors who he claimed he has also been secretly meeting, and having political discussions with.
This was during a lengthy and intense interview that the DP had with Citizen TV live from his official residence in Karen. The interview was conducted by seasoned and veteran journalist, Linus Kaikai.
Kaikai put the DP on the spot concerning his recent meeting with the ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya, and whether it had anything to do with the rumoured union of him and Raila Odinga.
Ruto began by stating categorically that his meeting with Oparanya had absolutely nothing to do with Raila but was instead a matter that involved just the two of them.
He went on to reveal that he had in fact met with Oparanya secretly at least five times, and the recent meeting wasn’t even the first.
Contradicting Oparanya’s version that they had only discussed social issues, the DP confirmed that they had indeed spoken about political topics.
This latest development is undoubtedly expected to have major ramifications for all those involved.
Ever since ODM’s loss in the by-election held in Matungu, some muted voices of protests have appeared to blame the governor, suggesting that he could have done better.
After Ruto’s revelation, it is likely that these voices will get, not just louder, but also more brazen.
Ruto also went ahead to reveal that apart from Oparanya, he has been meeting with 27 other governors who feared to make public their affiliation to him so as to avoid victimisation from the state, but who will pronounce themselves in due course.