Deputy President William Ruto enticed Kisumu hustlers with the ‘Raila Tosha’ slogan as he campaigned for his 2022 presidential ambition.
The DP who is on a three-day visit to his fiercest competitor Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga’s backyard of Nyanza region promised to uplift their hustles just like he helped Raila become prime minister.
“I helped both Agwambo (Raila Odinga) and (President) Uhuru to be Prime Minister and President respectively, It’s now my turn to support the well-being of hustlers and the only party we can work together with is United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Ruto said.
By Raila Tosha, William Ruto was referring to his efforts when he worked with Raila Odinga in the run-up to the disputed 2007 presidential elections after which Raila was made Prime Minister following peace talks mediated by late Koffi Annan.
The former Eldoret North Mp has always taken credit for helping both Raila and Uhuru Kenyatta ascend to high office while claiming they hate him despite all his efforts.
Chaos and running battles were witnessed in the area as police lobbed tear-gas to disperse the rowdy youths who had staged the protests.
The second in command was on the second day of his three-day tour in the Nyanza region to popularise his bottom-up economic model ahead of the 2022 General Election.
During his two-day visit to the region, Ruto said the Jubilee administration led by President Uhuru Kenyatta has led from the front in prioritising electricity connectivity in the region among many other projects, as he promised the region better projects if elected President come 2022.
The DP also said those in authority tried to push for Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which was a “fraud” that was aimed to push for an imperial presidency.
Nyanza region has been Raila’s political bedrock since the advent of multi-party democtrac in Kenya in the early ’90’s, and any politician who seems to be opposing the ODM leader is always faced with a hostile crowd.
During his visit in September 2021, ODM presidential candidate Jimmy Wanjigi was also forced to cut short his speech after another rowdy youth pelted his motorcade with stones after trying to popularise his ‘Fagia Wote’ slogan in the region.