Oparanya Explains Why He Recently Didn’t Accompany Raila To The UK


By Paul Mukana

Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has come clear on why he didn’t accompany ODM leader Raila Odinga to the UK.

Oparanya told Kakamega residents on Monday evening that he had a lot of amicable duties to attend to both nationally and at county level.

His sentiments arrived amid speculations by his political nemesis that he had been sidelined by Raila.

“They are now claiming that no Luhya leader was on Raila’s delegation to UK.So, you wanted me to go? I didn’t have any business there.It is Raila who had business in the UK, not me,” he noted.

Governor Oparanya is ODM’s deputy party leader together with his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho who accompanied Raila to Great Britain.

Oparanya doubles up as an Azimio la Umoja ardent lieutenant in Western Kenya.

Besides, he laughed off ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi for being used as a person assistant by DP Ruto in the recently concluded Ruto’s 12 day overseas trip.

“Should I have gone to carry Raila’s files the way Mudavadi did? You saw him carry Ruto’s files, right? It should have been a shame for a governor of Kakamega to do so,” he explained.

The governor maintained that he had not gone with Raila abroad because he had numerous tasks at the party head quarters in addition to his gubernatorial chores.

He also told off those criticising him for getting involved the Kakamega succession politics and said he had a constitutional right to do so.

Raila’s 5 day UK trip entailed a serious of high table meetings with UK’ dignitaries and he summed it up by delivering a key note speech at Chatham house in London.

Among the leaders who accompanied Raila are governors Charity Ngilu, Lee Kinyanjui and Hassan Joho, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed alongside Peter Kenneth.

Raila quitely jetted back in the country to beef up the Azimio’s campaign trail.


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