Inside DP Ruto’s heated meeting with Raila’s deputy as conflicting details emerge

ODM Deputy Party leader Wycliffe Oparanya (left) and William Ruto's ally, former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri (right)

Details have emerged on the deliberations at a secret meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and ODM Deputy Party Leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

The two were holed up in a meeting for the better part of Thursday, April the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

Also present at the meeting were former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and his former Sports counterpart Rashid Echesa.

Oparanya who deputizes Raila in ODM divulged that the DP made a request for them to team up ahead of the 2022 elections, an indication that ODM and UDA could form an alliance to take on their rivals in 2022.

“It was a chance meeting. Being a politician, the DP asked if we can work together and I told him that such a decision had to be made by the party,” Oparanya told Nation.

Rashid Echesa on the other hand held that members of DP Ruto’s UDA party were holding a meeting when the Kakamega governor joined them, hinting that Oparanya could be on his way out of ODM to joining UDA.

The Kakamega county boss is among those who submitted their applications seeking to clinch the ODM presidential ticket in 2022.

He also courted controversy recently when he stated that a referendum is not a priority at this time, going against his party position amid reports that all was not well in the handshake and the BBI.

ODM Deputy Party leader Wycliffe Oparanya (left) and William Ruto’s ally, former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri (right)

“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.

Shortly after his remarks, Raila met President Uhuru Kenyatta and assured their support bases that they are committed to what they started.

Parliament Majority leader Amos Kimunya also moved in with speed announcing that parliament would hold a special meeting next week tyo fast track the BBI process, leading to a referendum in June.

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