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Kenya: Raila Unites Oparanya, Sifuna After Fall Out

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ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is recuperating at his Karen home in Nairobi after a surgery in Dubai, on Thursday took time to reconcile two factions in his party to forestall a possible falling out.

The Nation has learnt that the ODM leader was concerned about differences within the leadership of the party that bubbled under the surface while he was away.

Deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya, who together with Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, has been making “development tours” in western, had reportedly fallen out with Secretary-general Edwin Sifuna and other youthful leaders over the party’s drive towards 2022.

Last week, Mr Sifuna teamed up with other young leaders from the region, including Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Saboti MP Caleb Amisi and nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi and MCAs to launch the ‘Mulembe Youth Movement’ ostensibly to rival the Oparanya camp.


A source privy to the Thursday meeting at Mr Odinga’s home said this threatened the unity in the region and was giving the Handshake team a bad name compelling Mr Odinga to broker reconciliation.

“The tension had been simmering for the past three weeks since Mr Odinga left for his medical trip in Dubai.”

Mr Odinga, he said, took his time despite his medical rest to bring the leaders together and explained why their unity is key for the party’s survival in western amid ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula tours.