- The ODM deputy party leader says meeting was meant to forge a united front for the Luhya community.
- COTU boss Francis Atwoli was picked as community’s negotiator.
Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has dismissed claims that the western leaders’ meeting held yesterday in Kakamega was meant to endorse ODM leader Raila Odinga as their preferred presidential candidate come 2022.
Speaking in his Mabole home, Oparanya who is also ODM Deputy party leader said the meeting was meant to bring the community together and forge a way forward ahead of 2022 polls.
“Obviously, being a party leader, on my side I would definitely support Raila Amollo Odinga. But people had different views. It was a free discussion but we never came out straight saying we are going to support Raila Amollo Odinga. We agreed to discuss so that we can have a consensus at the end. When we decide which direction to go, then all of us as a region will go in that direction.”
Oparanya said COTU boss Francis Atwoli was picked as the Luhya community’s negotiator “who will seek audience with key presidential aspirants to ensure that the luhya nation is part of the next government in 2022.”
At the same time, Oparanya opined that ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has minimal chances of clinching the presidency. “Let me tell you that the Luhya community is a very difficult community and it’s unlikely that Musalia will defeat Raila in Western. We don’t want to disrespect any leader but the facts are that at the moment there are only two main contenders (Raila and DP William Ruto).”