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ODM Reveals The Truth On Ruto-Oparanya Meetings

Kevin Ochieng

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DP William Ruto and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya Photo/courtesy

The election period is approaching very fast and the political game continue to gain momentum. New political allies and enmities are formed.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has now admitted that its deputy party leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya had a meeting with the Deputy President William Ruto.

 

In a statement issued byDirector of Communications Philip Etale, ODM  stated that Governor Oparanya however briefed party leader Hon. Raila Odinga on any and all meetings he had with the Deputy President.

However, ODM has come out to deny rumors going around that Governor Oparanya met the William Ruto to discuss a possible alliance. They have urged their supporters to read mischief in such claims.

“I want to categorically state that the ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, the governor of Kakamega County is a loyal member of the party and an ardent supporter of his boss, party leader Raila Amolo Odinga. Secondly, may I state here that, yes it is true Hon. Oparanya has held a few meetings with the Deputy President William Samoei Ruto, be it in Nairobi or elsewhere,”  part of the statement reads.

It added

“And as the great Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love’, in all instances, Oparanya has been briefing our ODM party leadership including the party leader on every detail of his discussion with Ruto. Oparanya has not been on any mission of betrayal as some people may want it to look. Sometimes in politics, it is good to learn what your opponent is plotting and be able to get the best defense to counter them.”

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It further added: “Our ODM members and supporters should therefore not read any mischief in the said meetings that our Deputy Party Leader has held with the DP.

The allegations comes barely days following an exclusive local TV interview with DP Ruto during which claimed that he had met Governor Oparanya over five times to discuss politics.

However, Ruto said that he met the governor as a person, and not in his capacity as the ODM deputy party leader or a Raila ally.

“I have met Wycliffe Oparanya not once. I have met with him probably five times, and of course more times when he was Council of Governors Chairman. But I have met him to discuss politics five times,” he disclosed.

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