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Oparanya denies supporting Jirongo for 2017

04 December 2013, 16:43 Sam Kinyua

Kakamega - Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya has refuted claims that he would consider supporting Federal Party of Kenya leader Cyrus Jirongo for the presidency in 2017.

While rubbishing the reports that have appeared in a section of the media, Oparanya faulted his political detractors for manufacturing the rumors with malicious intentions. He clarified that he would not support anyone outside his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.

Oparanya, while addressing mourners at Shirere village in Kakamega County over the weekend, supported the efforts being made by various leaders including Jirongo on bringing the Luhya people together since uniting the community would require incorporating the support of other tribes in the country as well. He said the initiators needed to cast their nets wider for the community to achieve more.

“I was elected on an ODM ticket and I’m still in the party with no intentions of supporting candidates from other parties. The public should be aware that it is now my time to serve them as their governor and not politicking like the sour losers and coveters of my position in the County,” said Oparanya.

Oparanya urged elected leaders and other politicians in the County to desist from playing malicious politics with intentions of undermining his leadership for their own selfish gains.

A statement sent from the office of the director of communications in the County said the Governor was committed to promoting development and asked those interested in his position to wait for 2017.

“The Governor will appreciate if judged after four years of service delivery than be dragged in 2017 politics which are still four years away,” read part of the statement.

Oparanya has come under a barrage of attacks in the recent past from politicians in the County who have always drawn him into controversy in public fora.

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