Video:Ruto reaches out to Nyanza in first tour,Gets ODM Support
Deputy President William Ruto Sunday told voters in Nyanza that the Jubilee government would develop all parts of Kenya irrespective of tribe or political affiliation.
Mr Ruto, who visited Migori County for the first time since his election to the second most powerful position, asked the people to support the Jubilee administration.
Luoland largely voted for the Cord presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the March 4 elections.
Mr Odinga disputed the Presidential election results at the Supreme Court, which was as fiercely contested as the election itself and ended in favour of President Kenyatta.
However, Mr Ruto sought to allay fears that the region would be ignored by the government Mr Kenyatta leads.
“You have no apologies to make over the way you voted,” he told a fundraising gathering in Migori.
He added: “President Uhuru Kenyatta and I are determined to change the face of Kenya through a grand development programme that targets all counties in the country.”
He urged leaders from the region to ignore party loyalty and cooperate for development.
Mr Ruto said President Kenyatta would make an extensive tour of Luo Nyanza in January to assure residents that “they are part of our government.”
“We do not want to foment tribal or political differences. To be elected is one part but to deliver on development is true leadership,” he said.
He called upon leaders from Nyanza to address problems afflicting the people and avoid petty politics.
The Deputy President presided over a fundraiser in aid of Ranen Seventh Day Adventist Church’s media centre and radio station project.
His host, Migori Governor Okoth Obado, and Kisumu County leader Jack Ranguma said they would continue to cooperate with the Jubilee government for the sake of development in their areas.
“We are going to co-operate with you (Jubilee government) in all aspects to change the livelihood of our people,” said Mr Obado.
The governor said the cases facing Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto in The Hague should be dropped for lack of merit, allow the duo to concentrate in leading Kenya.
Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno, Mr Odinga’s key ally, said the Cord leader fully supported Mr Ruto’s visit to Nyanza and sent his donation to the fundraiser.
“The former Prime Minister supports politics of co-operation and do not be surprised if another pact emerges between you and us,” he told Mr Ruto amid laughter from the crowd.-nation.co.ke