Deputy President William Ruto will be in western Kenya today as part of his 2017 ‘hitting new grounds’ strategy as he positions himself to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto will be accompanied by CORD co-principal Moses Wetangula, Kakamega Senator Bonnie Khalwale, UDF part leader Musalia Mudavadi among other western politicians.
The Deputy President will be attending the homecoming ceremony of Ikolomani MP Bernad Shinali.
The visit comes a week after Ruto toured Meru County where political temperatures rose to boiling points as he was accused of using his position as number two to gain foothold in the vote-rich eastern region. Ousted governor Peter Munya fired the first salvo, openly telling Ruto to stop meddling in the region’s politics.
“We are set for the big event to be held at Makhokho Secondary School grounds,” Shinali said. The homecoming ceremony of Shinali will be the fifth visit of Ruto to the region.
He (Ruto) had previously been invited to attend the homecoming ceremonies of Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo) Malulu Injendi (Malava), Ayub Savula (Lugari) and Bonface Ostyula (Bumula).
Also expected at the ceremony is Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba.