Former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has asked Raila Odinga to allow him to eject renegade Azimio politicians.
Speaking during an Azimio political rally in Kisumu, Oparanya said they will not entertain any politician who went to State House to meet President William Ruto.
The former Kakamega governor said that the process needs to start so that the voters from the affected constituencies can elect loyal leaders to parliament. “We can’t have them with us now. We remember how they would visit your homes all the time while seeking the party’s ticket,” Oparanya said.
Those present at the rally included Siaya Governor James Orengo, his Homabay counterpart Gladys Wang’s and ODM Secretary General, who is also the Nairobi County Senator, Mr Edwin Sifuna.
“We asked the senator to explain what took him to the State House and he responded that you are the ones who sent him to look for development,” Sifuna asked the audience. Among those leaders who recently went to see Ruto – and later agreed to work closely with the government of the day – is Kisumu County Senator Prof Tom Ojienda.
Kisumu governor Anyan’g Nyong’o, who also waded into the debate, said that those who betrayed Raila would not succeed. “Rushing to state house won’t be helpful to you. That path won’t take you anywhere,” he said.
Siaya governor and his Homa Bay counterpart Gladys Wanga said leaders who are traitors of the Luo community won’t be entertained. “If you see them, chase them out of town. We don’t want to give governor Oparanya hard time dealing with the renegade,” Orengo said.
Mr Oparanya was categorical that he’d not hesitate to show the exit door to any such leader should he be given a half a chance to do so. “I want to ask our party leader to let me kick these MPs out of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party,” said Mr Oparanya