Ruto vis­its 4 coun­ties to sell JP ahead of Uhuru North Rift tour

‘We’ve achieved so much that our op­po­nents are scared. Kenyans will have a clear choice be­tween JP and the op­po­si­tion, whose agenda is to or­gan­ise demos’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto made a three-day tour of four coun­ties in the North Rift to mar­ket the Ju­bilee Party ahead of a visit by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

Kanu and Bomet Gover­nor Isaac Rutto’s Chama Cha Mashinani ap­pear to have gained ground. The DP’s tour was aimed at as­sess­ing the po­lit­i­cal ground be­fore Uhuru’s tour.

Ruto headed to the re­gion af­ter his ar­rival from Luanda, An­gola, on Fri­day. He started with El­geyo Marak­wet be­fore head­ing to West Pokot, then Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu.

He mar­keted Ju­bilee’s flag­ship projects, in­clud­ing the Last Mile Con­nec­tiv­ity elec­tri­fi­ca­tion project, achieve­ments in agri­cul­ture, health­care and in­fra­struc­ture.

“We have achieved so much that our op­po­nents are scared. Kenyans will now have a clear choice to make be­tween Ju­bilee and the op­po­si­tion, whose agenda is to or­gan­ise demon­stra­tions,” Ruto said.

He spoke at St Joseph’s Kabyemit Catholic Church in El­doret town.

Ruto said Uhuru will visit this month to launch projects, in­clud­ing the up­grad­ing of key health projects, such as the Ziwa and Burnt For­est sub­dis­trict hos­pi­tals in Uasin Gishu.

The tour came amid fears that some Ju­bilee politi­cians may be left out dur­ing nom­i­na­tions. Many as­pi­rants are wor­ried the pri­maries may not be fair.

“The Pres­i­dent, my­self and Ju­bilee are com­mit­ted to unit­ing the coun­try and that is why we have in­sisted on com­ing to­gether through one party,” the DP said.

The ab­sence of some key al­lies sparked spec­u­la­tion they are un­com­fort­able with the go­ings on in JP.

In El­geyo Marak­wet, Se­na­tor Kipchumba Murkomen skipped the func­tion. He was said to have been in China. Ruto asked res­i­dents not to fight Murkomen as he is a na­tional leader.

/ MATHEWS NDANYI

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto presents a tro­phy to Dr Peter Opakas of Moi Univer­sity at the Ki­tale ASK show on Fri­day

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