Despite their active role in the 2022 presidential campaigns, Junet, Joho, and Oparanya had taken a back seat in the coalition’s affairs following Raila Odinga’s loss to President William Ruto in the 2022 elections.
This saw the media and Kenyans raise concerns about their whereabouts with a section of social media users raising speculations of possible fallout within the opposition camp.
However, on Tuesday, February 7, the trio resurfaced having lunch with their party leader Raila Odinga at a Nairobi Hotel.
The former Prime Minister reaffirmed that the Orange party was still intact and allayed fears over possible fallout within the opposition wing.
“Had a refreshing lunch with my brothers. We are steady,” Raila said.
A statement by the Orange party shortly after the meeting said the three discussed party matters and the ongoing People’s Consultative forums by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.
“Party leader Raila Odinga this afternoon held a meeting with his deputies Wycliffe Oparanya and Hassan Ali Joho at a Nairobi Hotel where they discussed party matters and the ongoing People’s Consultative Forums by the Azimio la Umoja. Junet Mohammed was present,” ODM said in a statement.
Raila’s meeting comes days after the coalition threatened to take action against members who deliberately kept off the planned rallies.
It further comes at a time when a section of ODM leaders reportedly dumped Raila Odinga’s party for President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza alliance.
However, the party accused President William Ruto of trying to buy opposition MPs in a bid to weaken the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party.