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Oparanya joins campaigns for ODM candidate Barasa

Kakamega party chairman says outgoing governor responsible to deliver Western votes to Azimio

In Summary
  • Oparanya is the head of Azimio One Kenya flagbearer Raila Odinga's presidential campaigns in Western.
  • He has been taking the lead campaign roles during Barasa's rallies in the county where he seeks support for Barasa and Raila.
Mumias East DAP-K parliamentary candidate Peter Kalerwa with Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernands Barasa in Mumias town on Monday.
Mumias East DAP-K parliamentary candidate Peter Kalerwa with Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernands Barasa in Mumias town on Monday.
Image: HILTON OTENYO

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has taken over the campaigns for the Kakamega Azimio gubernatorial candidate Fernande’s Barasa.

Oparanya, who is the head of Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga's presidential campaigns in Western, has been taking the lead in the campaign roles during Barasa's rallies in the county where he seeks support for Barasa and Raila.

Sources close to the governor told the Star on Monday that Oparanya earlier avoided the governor campaigns in Kakamega but his confidants forced him to join the bandwagon after seemingly identifying some weaknesses in the team.

“The governor was reluctant but things appeared to be getting out of hand, forcing him to come on board. It is true that the governor has taken over the campaigns. Kakamega is a seat Azimio does not want to lose,” the source said.

Lugari MP Ayub Savual, who is Barasa's running mate, has been addressing campaign rallies alone, especially in the Northern region.

But Kakamega county ODM coordinating committee chairman Mophat Mandela said the involvement of Oparanya in Barasa's campaigns was part of his national assignment to deliver Western votes to Azimio.

Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa addressing a campaign rally in Mumias town on Monday
Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa addressing a campaign rally in Mumias town on Monday
Image: HILTON OTENYO

Mandela said Oparanya is in charge of Azimio campaigns in Western.

“Right now Oparanya has been in Busia for three days looking for votes for Raila, does it mean that Busia Azimio governor candidate Dr Paul Otuoma is also weak?” he posed.

Barasa is to square it out with ANC's Cleophas Malala, UDP's Cyrus Jirongo, MDP's Samuel Omukoko, Suleiman Sumba (Kanu) and Optiso Austine (independent) in the battle to replace Oparanya as the second governor of the third most populous county in the country.

Both Azimio One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza political formations are keen on controlling Kakamega and are leaving nothing to chance.

 

 

-Edited by SKanyara

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