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Kakamega Governor Oparanya meets with Raila over his meeting with DP Ruto

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya on Friday, April 9, 2021 held a meeting with his party boss Raila Odinga at his home in Karen, Nairobi County.

The Kakamega governor stated that their meeting was meant to discuss how to strengthen the ODM party ahead of the 2022 general election.

Oparanya was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa during his visit.

During their meeting, Governor Oparanya is said to have relayed Deputy President William Ruto’s desires of a possible partnership to the former Prime Minister.

The two are also said to have briefed Odinga on new political developments in the Western region.

This comes barely a day after Oparanya held another meeting with Deputy President William Ruto in what he termed as a chance meeting with the DP at the Olare Motorogi Conservancy on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

The Kakamega governor stated that he had scheduled a business meeting at the lodge when he met the DP, former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and his Sports counterpart Rashid Echesa. 

He indicated that he immediately contacted the party boss to notify him that he had bumped into the DP, who then gave him a go-ahead to meet him.

During their meeting, Oparanya said that they discussed possible alliances which could only be sanctioned by the party. 

The meetings have reignited talks of possible alliances between the DP and Raila ahead of the 2022 general elections.

Oparanya, and his Mombasa counterpart Ali Hassan Joho, have submitted an application to be the Party’s presidential candidates in 2022. 

Recently, the Kakamega governor made remarks that seemed to be contradicting those of his party leader. He had wanted the BBI referendum pushed to next year so that available resources could be used to deal with Covid-19.

“If there is no money at the National Treasury, there is no need of pushing to have the referendum this year. We should plan to hold the referendum next year when our economy has stabilised and Covid-19 contained,” he said.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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