Raila Knew I Was Meeting With DP Ruto- Says Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya

With discreet sources suggesting that Oparanya had been earlier on tasked to keep engaging the DP in case the handshake aborts, all eyes are now set on whether Raila and DP Ruto could be heading for a coalition.

Raila Knew I Was Meeting With DP Ruto- Says Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya
Oparanya and DP Ruto in a past photo. [Source/ Courtesy]

Outgoing Kakamega County boss Wycliffe Oparanya on Friday made it clear that his party leader Raila Odinga was aware of the meeting between him and Deputy President (DP) William Ruto.

Oparanya noted that although at first, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Principal Raila Odinga was not aware of any meeting, he himself telephoned Raila the moment he set eyes on the DP.

"I called to inform him the moment I bumped into Ruto to ensure he does not hear it from third parties...," stated Oparanya adding that Raila gave their encounter a nod. 

Oparanya stated that the fact the pair had met was inevitable to making news headlines which would by all means not fail to reach the ODM leader Raila's attention.

Oparanya revealed that during their meeting they addressed several issues among them possible political marriages, which he only stated that can be done under the knowledge of the ODM party. 

However, the governor further added that politics have no permanent enmity. Although Oparanya has since denied any earlier arrangements to meet with the DP, the lengthy meeting remains suspicious over what the pair discussed. 

The encounter comes at a time when ODM allies have been warming up the idea of teaming up with DP Ruto's team, a decision already welcome by DP's camp.

In as much as Oparanya maintained that he lacked permission by the party boss to discuss any coalition agenda, it was no secret that they (Oparanyas) yearned to be part of the next government. 

On Friday, Oparanya met his boss Raila Odinga and brainstormed him about DP Ruto's desires, among them a much-needed coalition that DP intends to use as a vehicle to the statehouse in 2022.