On Sunday, October 2, President William Ruto arrived in Homa Bay Town for the first time since he took over the reins of power.
In his visit to the region, the Head of State extended an olive branch to Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party leader Raila Odinga.
The president said he will take care of the former Prime Minister together with his handshake partner retired President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure they are respected.
Ruto said he will assign Raila and Uhuru some responsibilities to ensure they not only live well but be respected as well.
“Leave Raila and Uhuru for me. I will handle them well to ensure I get the opportunity for serving the people at other levels,” Ruto said.
However, speaking during an interview on Tuesday, October 4, Makueni Senator Dan Maanzo poked holes in President Ruto’s visit to Homa Bay.
Maanzo, who was speaking during an interview on KTN News said President Ruto’s visit to Raila’s Nyanza region was not done in good faith.
He said President Ruto visited Homa Bay mainly to mock his bitter political nemesis, Raila Odinga.
“It is a good gesture that Ruto wants to work with Nyanza leaders but looking at it politically, it was a spiteful visit,” Maanzo said.
During the visit, Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga and Homa Bay Town Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma among others skipped the event.
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna further weighed in on President Ruto’s visit which majority of Raila allies skipped the function.
Sifuna instead accused the president’s protocol team saying it failed to invite elected leaders.
“There is a problem with the president’s protocol with the team in that they don’t send invitations. You cannot gate crush the president’s function,” the Nairobi Senator said.