While manay ODM leaders are relieving themselves of their political positions in the party, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said he will work with the national government because of his great respect for president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking on Saturday, Oparanya said he is ready to give the president maximum respect because he deserves it, but will not resign from being ODM deputy party leader as he intends to defend his seat on the party ticket in August 2017.
“I cannot disrespect the President Uhuru Kenyatta or his Deputy William Ruto and other elected leaders because I respect them all despite we are in different parties.”
He said the country can only achieve development and other mandates if government and opposition cooperate to since they serve the same people.
On Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba’s resignation as ODM secretary-general, , Oparanya said everybody is free to join a party of his choice.
Speaking at a rally at Likuyani market grounds, he said:
“It is his democratic right to belong to a party of his choice but he should do so with civility instead of hurling abuses at others,”
The Governor challenged his rivals to speak to him directly rather than using funeral ceremonies as a convenient ground to sell lies in his absence.
He said it was a struggle uphill for him when he created structures for the county government but he didn’t have in mind the victory view from the top.
Having achieved that, the politician said he cannot leave his position for others to enjoy the working system.
Oparanya added that he will bank on his development record to grab a second term in office. He advised those campaigning to unseat him to present effective policies instead of propaganda. He said:
“I am not their manifestos. Let them tell the people what they will do for them if elected.”
Oparanya is to contest against Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, former medical services minister Amukowa Anagwe, lawyer Michael Osundwa, major retired Suleiman Sumba and two business people – Marble Muruli and Rebman Malala.