As the wrangles in the ODM party deepen, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said that he intends to side with Senator James Orengo.
Oparanya, Orengo, and Rarieda MP Otiende Amolloheld a closed-door meeting on 9th May. The meeting took place right after they attended a church service in Butere.
After the church service, the three leaders said that they still support ODM. However, they faulted several high-ranking ODM officials for misleading ODM leader Raila. They all asked Raila to be careful since some people close to him want to ruin ODM’s chance of forming the next government.
“We are in ODM by faith, and Raila Odinga is our unequivocal leader. However, we won’t let a few people deceive him,” Otiende Amollo said.
After the church service, the trio went to Oparaya’s home in Mabole, Kakamega County. They had a closed-door meeting which lasted for approximately 2 hours.
The three leaders have openly defied the ODM leader regarding the addition of 7o constituencies. According to them, the move would stretch the already stretched wage bill.
To everyone’s surprise, Otiende Amollo voted to pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill just a few days after ODM ousted him from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
There were speculations that Orengo would also be ousted for defying Raila. However, Raila denied the rumours and said that they had no intention of replacing Orengo.
“We wish to clarify that Raila Odinga and the ODM party have no plans to replace Senator James Orengo,” a statement by ODM reads in part.