Oparanya Meets Raila, Confirms Ruto Approached Him With Alliance Proposal

KEY POINTS:

  • Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was on Friday hosted by his party leader Raila Odinga at his Karen home, just hours after meeting DP Ruto.
  • The meeting at Mr Raila's home allowed Mr Oparanya to brief his boss about his Wednesday meeting with Dr Ruto.
  • According to the governor, the DP had proposed an alliance between the two though the significance of the proposal was not immediately clear as the parties insisted the meeting had not been planned.

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Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was on Friday hosted by his party leader Raila Odinga at his Karen home, just hours after meeting DP Ruto.

According to Nation Africa, the meeting at Mr Raila’s home allowed Mr Oparanya to brief his boss about his Wednesday meeting with Dr Ruto.

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According to the governor, the DP had proposed an alliance between the two though the significance of the proposal was not immediately clear as the parties insisted the meeting had not been planned.

DP Ruto, who was accompanied by former Cabinet Secretaries Mwangi Kiunjuri and Rashid Echesa, met Mr Oparanya at Mahali Mzuri, a camp owned by Sir Richard Branson in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, in the Maasai Mara.

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On Friday, Mr Oparanya confirmed meeting Mr Raila at his home “where I had an opportunity to brief him on party matters and also about my impromptu meeting with the DP”.

Mr Oparanya said Kenyans should not read too much into his meeting with Dr Ruto.

“People are making the meeting look so big yet it was not even planned. It was just a coincidence and as usual, politics could not miss out because we are politicians,” Mr Oparanya said.

Mr Oparanya has in recent days taken an unusual stand on Mr Raila  pet project —the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). He told a meeting weeks ago that a referendum in the middle of a pandemic should not be a priority, a narrative popular with the Ruto camp.

In an uncharacteristic departure from the ODM script, the Kakamega county boss asked the government to shelve plans for the plebiscite and instead spend the money on buying Covid-19 vaccines.

The second-term governor, alongside his contemporary in ODM, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, has also sought the party’s ticket to contest the presidency.

DP Ruto and his troops have recently toned down their attacks on the ODM leader, with their allies openly saying that they could be secretly crafting an alliance.

The attempt to bring Dr Ruto and Mr Raila together comes following the formation of the One Kenya Alliance bringing forth party leaders Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford K) who are said to have President Kenyatta –or his team’s- soft spot.

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