Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ruto says his political tricks bearing fruit in Western Region

Deputy President William Ruto addresses wananchi in Silibwet after commissioning Silibwet-Kiptagich-Olenguruone-Bombe-Mauche road, July 15, 2016. /DPPS

DP William Ruto has said the hullabaloo among Western politicians is a product of his meeting with a section of them at his Sugoi home last December.

Ruto said his political tricks were bearing fruit and that this was a clear indication of his straight path to the presidency in 2022.

“To realise development we must be one. I must laud the move by Western leaders to join us towards making Kenya a nation free from ethnic division,” he said.

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Ababu Namwamba has resigned from Cord leadership and he is joining Jubilee. We thank all of them for heeding our calls for a unified nation free of hatred and politics of division.”

Ababu is yet to submit his letter of resignation from the ODM secretary general post. He said he wants to unite Western and create a “third force” distinct from both Cord and Jubilee to promote the region’s agenda.

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Ruto praised Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka and Water CS Eugene Wamalwa for dissolving New Ford Kenya and joining the Jubilee party.

He spoke in Kericho town on Friday night when he launched the ‘Mwangaza Mtaani’ street lighting project.

President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed New Ford Kenya party into his coalition and praised its leaders for making the “right” decision.

The Deputy President earlier toured toured Kisii, Bomet and Transmara and launched projects initiated by the Jubilee government.

He said he was headed to the Coast to finalise a deal with MPs who have agreed to quit the opposition to join Jubilee.

“I am now headed to Coast to sign a deal with 15 MPs who have accepted to work with us,” he said.

The DP said leaders now respect and hear him because of the overwhelming support he has in his Rift Valley backyard.

“Thank you for standing with me. You have shown confidence in me and that is why when I go on tours they read unity and agree to work with us,” he said.

Ruto also thanked the locals for electing Senator Aaron Cheruiyot in February saying some wanted the Rift divided but that they showed solidarity.

He urged continued unity saying leaders from the Rift must be good examples to the rest of the country.

“As I continue to bring more souls to Jubilee I want you to stay put. I am happy nobody is against us nowadays. I was in Bomet today and (Governor) Isaac (Rutto) fled, so they have cowered off,” he said.

Ruto launched the street lighting project amid complaints from Kericho Governor

Paul Chepkwony that the county is left with huge bills every month.

He was with Cheruiyot, Kipkelion West MP Jackson Rop, Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo and woman representative Hellen chepkwony.

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