Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has come out to reveal the details of his meeting with the Deputy President William Ruto.
Being Raila’s deputy in ODM, Oparanya’s meeting with the country’s second in command swirled speculations of looming political realignments.
However, it is not clear if Oparanya was planning to ditch ODM or he was playing a major role in the party’s possible alliance with Ruto.
There are reports that Oparanya’s secret rapprochement with Ruto could have formed part of the agenda of a meeting by a key organ of the ODM party.
According to the Star, Oparanya was reluctant to discuss the details of the meeting, insisting that his session with Ruto was “coincidental” and not pre-arranged.
The former influential Council of Governors chairman maintained that he was not planning to bolt out of the ODM party even as he downplayed photos of the alleged meeting as “too old”.
“Those are very old photos of about three weeks ago and have nothing to do with any talks. When people meet in a hotel it doesn’t translate into building an alliance,” Oparanya told The Star on the Phone.
“I am in ODM to stay unless Baba (Raila Odinga) moves out.”
On Thursday, undated photos surfaced showing Ruto walking with former CS Rashid Echesa in the company of Narok West MP Gabriel Tongoyo along what appears to be an expansive range.
There were reports that the meeting took place at Mahali Mzuri camp located at the heart of the vast Masaai Mara National Reserve.
Mahali Mzuri is Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp, which was commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.
In the second picture taken with similar setting while overlooking the reserve, Oparanya posed for a photo with Tongoyo and ex-Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with a helicopter in the background.
But Echesa denied that the meeting was planned saying it was just a coincidence.
However, it is apparent that the country’s political landscape is likely to witness heightened political developments in the coming months.
The emergence of the One Kenya alliance amid claims its has the backing of influential power brokers, coupled with allegations of Raila’s betrayal, could have triggered realignments in the political arena.