President Uhuru Kenyatta will be embarking on William Ruto’s Rift Valley backyard to counter his grown popularity in the region.
Since the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the former’s popularity in the Rift Valley region has reduced to zero.
This has even been worsened by the fact that Uhuru has left out Ruto from main government operations. The region strongly believes that Jubilee government has been unable to implement development projects there since the handshake.
According to Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny, President Uhuru will issue tittle deeds in Trans-Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties, and thereafter commission the newly-built Eldoret bypass.
“What the President is doing is to ensure that his manifesto promises are accomplished as he approaches the end of his second term,” Kutuny told the Daily Nation.
The tour is also meant to assure the region that the Building Bridges Initiative has not derailed Uhuru’s development agenda.
“During these tours, people will get to know what the President has done. If people interpret these tours as aimed at solidifying his support base ahead of the 2022 poll, that is a different story,” Kutuny added.
The planned tour comes after uproar from DP Ruto’s allies in Rift Valley who accused him of neglecting the region since handshake with Raila Odinga.
When President Uhuru toured the Nyanza region to launch Mega projects ahead of the June 1 Madaraka Day celebrations, Ruto allies criticized him for focusing on Nyanza because of his relationship with Raila.
“Odinga finds such talk retrogressive, divisive, dishonest and against the spirit of building one prosperous nation out of its diverse nationalities and regions. He appeals to leaders to enable and allow Kenyans to imagine an ideal future and hold big dreams for their country instead of standing in their way,” read a statement from his spokesperson Dennis Onyango.