Just a day after reports emerged that police had failed to approve his tour to the Western Kenya region slated for Sunday, October 25, Deputy President William Ruto has landed in the region.
Ruto, who has embarked on his charm offensive visits to different parts of the country landed in Kakamega on Sunday morning, where is will be attending a church service at Our Lady of Assumption Indangalasia Parish, Matungu Constituency, Kakamega County.
From videos shared online, the self-proclaimed hustler was highly received by fellow ‘hustlers’ and leaders from the region after landing in the area, which has largely been dominated by ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto will be hosted by area MP Hon. Justus Murunga and other leaders from the region including former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, Ndindi Nyoro and Kimani Ichungwa among others.
Ruto will later be expected to lead a fund drive in aid of the church’s development, then proceed to his meet the people tour after the service.
DP Ruto arrives in Matungu for a church fundraiser pic.twitter.com/6APzvLuOHP
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But even as Ruto pitch camps in Kakamega, President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Sunday morning back to his Mt. Kenya backyard in what was viewed by many as a trip to popularize the recently unveiled BBI report to the locals.
Uhuru is at PCEA Tumutumu Church in Nyeri County where he is currently gracing the Centennial Celebration of First Kirk-Session and the Ordination of Elders.
The president is later expected to hold roadside meetings, where he will be expected to drum up support for the report which has seemingly not been received well by the locals.
This was eminent on Saturday after former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka toured the region to popularize the initiative.
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at PCEA Tumutumu Church in Nyeri County to grace the Centennial Celebration of First Kirk-Session and the Ordination of Elders. pic.twitter.com/1avt3xAKId
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Kalonzo, who was also in Nyeri town received a cold reception after a section of residents threatened to eject him out of the town.
Trouble started after a section of the residents shouted him down making chants in support of Deputy President William Ruto.
“Ruto! Ruto! Ruto!” the crowd chanted.
“We want Ruto. He is our man and a fellow hustler,” another youth roared.
Ruto is yet to announce his position on the unveiled document, with many Kenyans looking forward to see if the second in command will attend Monday’s meeting at Bomas of Kenya, where the report is expected to be launched officially by Uhuru and Raila Odinga.