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Wetang'ula says Governor Oparanya a small man

23 March 2016, 13:14 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetangula's presidential launch is facing a lot of resistance from his backyard as majority of members of Parliament and County assemblies allied to his Ford Kenya party failed to turn up in a press briefing at his Bungoma home on Monday.

Only Kwanza Mp, Ferdinand Wanyonyi and Nalondo West MCA, James Wafula who was elected on a Ford Kenya ticket turned up. Wafula came in late, long after the press briefing had been completed.

During the press conference, Wetang’ula avoided wading into his Presidential launch war with Governor Oparanya and instead chose to speak about the dispute facing Migingo Island and Okoa Kenya referendum.

A source said that Wetang’ula, a Co-Principal of CORD avoided the topic referring to it as a small issue involving a small man.

“Am a CORD principal and I cannot engage in a shouting match with Oparanya who is my junior; by doing so, I will have belittled myself. Let him face the likes of my party Secretary General Dr Eseli Simiyu and Kiminini Mp Chris Wamalwa who are his equals,” a source said.

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A Bungoma MCA who asked for anonymity disclosed that since Wetang’ula was cleared of electoral offences by IEBC, he has not been picking their calls and that’s the reason they snubbed his meeting.

“Even Deputy President William Ruto picks calls; why should our Senator refuse to pick ours and he needs our support? He should respect us as elected leaders. We need each other. He will start calling us during the general election campaign and we won’t pick his calls also,” said a bitter MCA.

During the media briefing, Kwanza Mp Ferdinand Wanyonyi said that CORD has not held its primaries and thus has no presidential candidate at the moment.

“Our Kakamega presidential launch bid is on top gear and nothing will stop it. What you are hearing from Kakamega Governor is just a hatched plan to derail this process but the event will go on as planned,” said Wanyonyi.

Wanyonyi said that Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya will not stop the Ford Kenya Party leader from launching his presidential bid because he has no powers and the constitution is very clear that any Kenyan has a right to work, do business and convene a meeting at a place he or she thinks it is convenient.

“Oparanya is a junior member in CORD and just like me, the Ford Kenya chairman in Trans Nzoia County. He has no power to stop his senior Wetang’ula from launching his presidential bid. We shall be in Kakamega on the material day and everything remains as planned,” he said.

ODM Bungoma County branch Secretary, Majimbo Okumu who is a close Wetangula’s ally said they did not snub the Senator’s brief but they were summoned in a short notice.

The Khalaba Ward MCA blamed the handlers of Wetangula’s diary for the short notice and asked them to be informing them in time because as leaders, they have other chores to attend to.

“Yes I received the call but then I was not around. I was held up in compiling a supplementary budget report and as such couldn’t have made it,” he said.

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