– The leaders say Oparanya’s development record as governor are proof that he is fit for presidency
– Senator Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi are, however, involved in unity talks to know who among them is best suited for the job
– Several other leaders for instance, Governor Joho, MP Moses Kuria and DP Ruto have also expressed interest in vying for the top seat
A host of leaders from Western Kenya on Saturday, February 9, pledged to support Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s 2022 presidential bid.
Led by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, the leaders said Oparanya was well positioned to vie for the top seat and bring power close to the mulembe nation.
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Malala said Oparanya was the region’s undisputed kingpin and thus asked other leaders to whip their backyards into supporting his presidential ambition.
“I would like to ask those leaders who have not joined Oparanya’s brigade to do so very soon. I would, however, like to warn those with the habit of professing support for him during the day and during the night you are spotted in camps. Lets be honest with our governor,” said Malala.
Speaking at the same event where 2022 succession politics took center stage, Butere MP Tindi Mwale said Oparanya had exhibited potential to steer development during his tenure as governor.
Mwale,nonetheless, took a swipe at Malala and asked him to lead by example. He suggested that he (Malala) was among dishonest leaders.
According to Mwale, the senator had also thrown his weight behind Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who also seeks to run for presidency.
“I want to urge you Malala that when you say it is Oparanya, let it be him alone. Do not claim to support him to day and then the following day you jump off to Joho’s camp,” said Mwale.
The leaders remarked in Butere during an event where Oparanya celebrated his election as Council of Governors Chairman.
Other leaders in attendance were Governor Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Senator Naomi Shiyonga (nominated), MPs Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani) and Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo).
Others are MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Titus Khamala (Lurambi), Justus Murunga (Matungu), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East) and Geoffrey Osotsi (nominated) and area MCA’s.
This emerges even as Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and ANCI leader Musalia Mudavadi are engaged in unity talks to see who among them will vie for presidency.
Oparanya had earlier claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga had endorsed his bid but tasked him with cementing his political base.
The governor urged Raila to shelve his presidential aspersions and support him as pay back for the support he had accorded him through his past unsuccessful bids.
“I have been supporting you all this time during your ambitions for the top office in this country, but now it’s time for you to support me,” Oparanya told Raila.
He further called on Mudavadi and Wetangula to join his bandwagon.
Additional reporting by J.Papanoo – TUKO.co.ke Correspondent
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