On Thursday Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto visited Nyanza region on a development launch. They were accompanied by former prime minister Raila Odinga in his home turf.
When the stopped at Kondele, Raila wanted the residents to go to Mamboleo so that they will hear them speak but the residents never heed to any of it.
Raila first spoke then president Kenyatta followed with DP Ruto keeping off. As they were about to drive off, the crowd started chanting Ruto’s name. Chants of Ruto and “hustler” rent the air. the crowd was eager to hear what Ruto had to say.
Deputy President while addressing residents of Kisumu, he said, “Mimi ndio kijana mkubwa wa baba yetu Raila, na hapa mimi niko nyumbani (I am Raila firstborn son, being in Kisumu hence means I am at home).”
“Haiyaaa! Si mumesikia wadosi wameongea, si mmesikia? Mimi sina mengi ya kusema (Alright. You have all heard, its the people who have decided that I should address them. I don’t have much to say),” said DP Ruto as he bowed to the crowd.
“Uhasimu na uadui wa kisiasa kati yangu na ndugu yangu mkubwa Raila ambaye pia ni rafiki yangu sana imekwisha leo (The enemity and political hostility between me and my brother Raila who is also my great friend is over today),” he added as the crowd cheered.
The crowds’ acceptance of DP Rutos address showed a change of heart and that politics is a game. Kondele which has been marked as a political turbulence was now at peace after the handshake.
DP Ruto went on to disapprove those who claim that he was against the handshake. “Today, I have come to Kisumu. Some people have been saying that I don’t support the handshake. I want to tell you today that I support the handshake,” said DP Ruto.
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Uhuru was in the county for the official launch of the Universal Healthcare Coverage, one of his Jubilee Government’s main agenda.
He will wrap up his 2-day tour on Friday, as he visits the neighboring Siaya County where he will also launch a number of projects.
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