Deputy President William Ruto has for the first time met with the newly-elected Msambweni Member of Parliament Faisal Bader since winning the hotly contested by-election.
The deputy president on Wednesday, December 23 held a meeting with Msambweni Constituency grassroots leaders led by Bader at his Karen residence in Nairobi.
When he stood up to address the meeting, DP Ruto stated that the ‘hustlers’ victory’ in the Msambweni by-election opened a new chapter in Kenyan politics.
“It is no longer about the big name that we carry. Not the people in power that we are connected to. It is about our hard work, commitment and how we address the issues and aspirations of the ordinary people,” Ruto said.
Bader was accompanied by MPs Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata) and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru.
This comes a day after Bader was sworn-in as a Member of Parliament days after clinching the seat.
Bader took oath of office in a short swearing-in ceremony that was presided over by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
Bader who enjoyed Ruto’s support in the by-election beat Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Omar Boga after garnering 15,251 votes against Omar’s 10,444.
He immediately thanked DP Ruto and his allies for standing with him after he was allegedly abandoned by ODM.
“The DP stood with me when ODM humiliated me. His close allies like Johnson Muthama, Boni Khalwale, and Hassan Omar have been here with me all through to ensure that I won. I know I cannot repay them but will always pray for them,” he said.
The by-election became battle ground between DP Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto threw his weight behind Bader after the ruling Jubilee Party announced that it would not field a candidate.
Ruto supported Bader as part of a strategy to test his political clout at the Coast.
The second-in-command congratulated the MP-elect moments after being declared the winner by IEBC stating that the win cemented the trust in God and the people.
“Democracy and people power has triumphed. Watu was Msambweni Mungu awabariki!” Ruto tweeted.