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ODM Governor Hints At Ditching Raila For Ruto

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An ODM governor from Western Kenya has given indications that he might be considering working with President William Ruto and his government.

This is even as the ODM leadership, under former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, continues to bash Ruto while questioning almost every of his moves.

But this doesn’t seem to apply to Kakamega governor Fernandes Barasa, who is giving signs that he might be reconsidering his support for the opposition.

He has, for instance, supported the recent meeting between Ruto and some Western Kenya MPs in State House, terming it very necessary.

The county chief has also announced plans to meet Ruto soon, over what he terms development lobbying, which The Star reports is very revealing.

“I as your governor have already announced that I will partner with the national government to complete the level six teaching and referral hospital. I will soon be meeting the President to deliberate on how to handle the hospital,” he is quoted by the paper.

Barasa also met Chief Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi last week, in what is reported to be part of Ruto’s larger plan to woo Western Kenya leaders.

The development comes only days after it emerged that Ruto is very keen on Raila’s allies, as he seeks to completely vanquish the opposition.

Barasa, a first term county chief, won through ODM in August, succeeding ODM Co-Deputy Party Leader Wycliffe Oparanya, who governed for two terms.

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