Deputy President William Ruto has postponed his anticipated meet-the-people tours in Kisii county despite clearance from the police.
Confirming the cancellation on Wednesday, Director of Communications in the Office of the Deputy President William Ruto Emmanuel Tallam said Friday’s Kisii events had been canceled due to the fact that Ruto was scheduled to visit Murang’a county on the same day.
“Ruto’s events in Kisii County that had been scheduled for tomorrow have been pushed to later dates,” said Tallam via Phone.
Despite Kisii cancellation, Tallam confirmed that Ruto on Thursday morning, will be heading to CS Fred Matiang’is home county of Nyamira, Sironga Sports ground in West Mugirango constituency, for a funds drive in aid of Boda Boda operators.
The ever-busy Ruto will later in the day head to Miriri in Kitutu Masaba for another fundraiser in aid of 10 Seventh Day Adventist churches.
Ruto’s Nyamira visits came after Nyamira County Police Commander Catherine Mugwe, on Tuesday, confirmed they had allowed the DP and his rallies, to hold the two meetings that were dispersed last week for failing to comply with National Security Advisory Council guidelines.
Tallam also communicated that Ruto will be in Murang’a on Friday to assist raise funds for Mathioya Women Sacco at Rurii stadium near Kiriaini where he will be hosted by MP Ndindi Nyoro, before moving to Kandara later in the day, where he will be hosted by Wahome for the Kangema Boda Boda Sacco funds drive at General Kogo Stadium.
He, however, communicated that one meeting could be canceled, should President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intentions to hold a Cabinet meeting on the same day stands.
“We have two meetings lined up in Murang’a this weekend. But should the Cabinet meeting still be on tomorrow, one of the events would be rescheduled to a later date,” he added.
The planned Murang’a visit comes at time police are yet to give the organizers a green light. Murang’a County Police Commander Josphat Kinyua has remarked they are yet to authorize the events as they were still verifying the applications.
While giving citing a conflict between the management of the Saccos and its members over the events, the commander said that had raised some reasons that needed to be addressed first before allowing the meetings to go on.
Despite this, MPs Alice Wahome (Kandara) Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), former Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa have maintained the two functions would proceed despite police delaying in giving a green light.