Ruto allies have made it be known that they will not accept to be treated as second fiddle. This came after reports that President Uhuru Kenyatta will soon land in Rift Valley to tour several regions. Some areas were the head of state will visit include Trans Nzoia, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu counties. Coincidentally, these are some of the areas were the deputy president is perceived to have the highest support.
Political leaders in Rift Valley have said that they welcome the president with open arms. They have though demanded that the president dishes goodies just as he did in Nyanza and Ukambani areas. They have said that they also need some projects get funded in their area.
“The Rift Valley region, under the leadership of DP Ruto, has voted for Uhuru Kenyatta four times. For four years, he has been missing in action in the region. His visit is long overdue. We have many questions touching on projects and governance. We shall be there under the leadership of the Deputy President, who led us to him,” Mr Murkomen said.
Murkomen sentiment seems to be shared by many people in Rift Valley. They feel that the president has abandoned them after they voted him overwhelmingly in the last two general elections. Soy Mp Caleb Kositany said that professionals from Rift Valley were unfairly persecuted for supporting the president.
“The President is most welcome in the region. We voted for him. One of the issues we want him to address is the persecution of people from the Rift Valley who held positions in government and have been hounded out of office in very suspicious circumstances. We also expect him to talk about the prices of maize and milk. We will not bring up personal issues but only what affects the people,” said Mr Kositany.
It is prayer of many leaders that this visit will herald new beginnings for the area and overall relationship between the president and his deputy. The two have had frictious relationship since the president entered into a working relationship with ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga.