Last week, President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua toured Luo Nyanza, the region traditionally perceived to be former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s stronghold.
Ruto, who was pelted with stones during his earlier visit was on Friday, January 13, warmly welcomed by ODM leader Raila Odinga’s supporters.
“We as Kisumu residents welcome the president and we hope that the visit will bring change in this region… We are also urging the President to vet time to speak with the youths one-on-one,” the residents said.
Following President Ruto’s warm welcome in Raila’s stronghold, former Nyeri Town Member of Parliament (MP) Ngunjiri Wambugu has lauded Nyanza residents for embracing the president.
In a video shared on Monday, January 16, the former Jubilee lawmaker said, unlike the vote-rich Mt Kenya region, residents and leaders in Raila’s backyard had accepted William Ruto as their president despite the loopholes in the August 9, elections.
He remarked that, unlike Mt Kenya, Nyanza had already moved on from the August 2022, General Election.
“Nyanza has already accepted that Ruto is the President even if they did not agree on the process they have moved on. Mt Kenya is the only region in the country that is still holding parties and constantly reminding Kenyans how many votes they brought to the table,” Ngunjiri said.
Ngunjiri was ostensibly reacting to Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni who until now insists on rigging elections in parts of the Central Kenya region.
In his latest media interview, Kioni maintained that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party won the August 9, elections by scheming.
“We went into the election with a much shorter period of campaigning than our opponents,” Kioni stated before dismissing claims of a ‘yellow wave’ in the region, “It’s very difficult that there would be a wave and all of us miss it. Had there been a wave, anyone could tell that it has hit but in this case, nobody, not even any of us who were running under Jubilee would tell of a wave.”