Ruto kicks off five-day tour of Mt Kenya region
Deputy President William Ruto and his running-mate Rigathi Gachagua are today expected to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential campaigns to the Mt Kenya region on a five-day drive.
They will chair a series of economic forums, whose outcomes will be captured in the Alliance’s manifesto. Ruto goes back to the region in an attempt to mollify disquiet linked to his choice.
He also hopes to counter inroads made by their rival, Azimio-One Kenya Alliance leader Raila Odinga who has also picked a resident, Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua, as his running mate.
Raila’s choice of Karua is perceived as an attempt to have a better bite of the region’s votes.
Kenya Kwanza team is also expected to explain in detail the plans, including economic benefits, for the vast region if the coalition forms the next government.
A programme seen by People Daily indicates that Ruto, who will be accompanied by Gachagua, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and a host of local leaders, will commence the tour in Nakuru today morning where he will chair an economic forum before heading to Ol Kalou, Kipipiri in the neighbouring Nyahururu county for rallies in the afternoon.
On Friday, the team will be in Embu and in Murang’a on Saturday for respective forums. They will then head to Kiambu for the same on Monday. Before that they will go back to Nakuru on Sunday for rallies.
“Ours is the economy and empowerment of every ordinary citizen. That is why we are going to have intense engagements with wananchi and small businesses in Mt Kenya this weekend, Ruto told a section of leaders from Kiambu.