Kenya Deputy President William Ruto charmed his way to Nyatike Constituency in Migori County southwest of the country, which is the hotbed of opposition politics.
Ruto asked the community to vote for ruling Jubilee in the next elections adding that although the region supports the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga, it would be wise vote for a winning team.
“We know you support Baba (Raila Odinga) but it wouldn’t be a bad idea if you vote for us because you can see how things are going in the country. You people of Migori can see where most Kenyans are gravitating to. You need to do your calculations well and see who will carry the day in the elections,” he said amid cheers and laughter.
The Deputy President, who was commissioning an electricity project and distributed goodies to county residents, said the community owed him votes in return for the support he gave Odinga in 2007.
“Come next year, you know what to do. But I will come to ask for my dues because you owe me something,” He said.
In the 2007 elections, Ruto stood firmly in support of Raila in the hotly contested presidential race against Mwai Kibaki.
The disputed outcome of that election threw the country into the infamous post-election violence.
But he was conscious of the sensitivity of the Western Kenya Politics which is tied on tribal sentiment. Ruto told his audience to vote wisely and not to engage in divisive politics and negative ethnicity.
Area MP Omondo Anyanga and Governor Okoth Obando were conspicuously missing in Ruto’s visit. The DP toured Macalder mines where he chatted with miners before commissioning electricity distribution project at Osiri-Matanda mines.
Ruto received a warm welcome from local residents who cheered him as he announced the government’s plan to improve the economy of the region. He excited the villagers when he visited the homes of two widows, Juliet Adhiambo and Yumia Achola who have benefited from the electricity project in the area.
The Deputy President gave the area Sub-County commissioner Idd Matata Sh600, 000 to buy land and help build houses for the two widows who said they were squatters and had no land of their own.
He also offered to educate a son of one of the widows who is going to sit for his KCPE this year all through secondary school. Ruto donated Sh1 million and pledged to send another Sh1 million to help Osiri Mixed Secondary School to build a laboratory.
Source: The Standard