The growing trend of heckling at DP Ruto’s rally is causing jitters among top statehouse operatives. It is becoming increasingly difficult for DP to address a rally at the Coast and Northern flontier districts.
Yesterday Deputy President William Ruto met resistance in some areas he visited, with leaders snubbing his functions and youths booing him. Yesterday when he visited Garissa, he was met with hostility by some youths who shouted at him saying they preferred Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho as their presidential candidate in 2022.
Those opposed to the DP said many residents of North Eastern region were unhappy with Jubilee for its high-handedness in its fight against terror as those suspected of having links with terrorists have disappeared after being taken away by people believed to be security agents. The youths who were chanting anti-Jubilee slogans wore orange t-shirts associated with ODM, an Opposition party.
They also cited corruption scandals in Government. During his visit, Mr Ruto launched a Sh5 billion tarmac road linking Ijara constituency to Wema in Coast region. He was accompanied by Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye, Ijara lawmaker Ibrahim Abass and Mandera East MP Mohamed Mohamud. On Sunday there was a “revolt” in Nandi County when local leaders stayed away from an event convened by Governor Cleophas Lagat and presided over by Ruto.
Only one MP and the governor accompanied the DP during an interdenominational fund- raiser for churches at Kurgung High School in Mosop constituency, the backyard of the county chief. Senator Stephen Sang, Woman Representative Zipporah Kering and five MPs skipped the event. Only area MP Stephen Bitok, County Assembly Speaker Edwin Cheluget, former MP David Koech some MCAs and a host of aspirants for various seats shared a podium with the DP.
DP Ruto had earlier attended a function in Kericho before proceeding to the neighbouring Aldai constituency in Nandi where he was accompanied by area MP Cornelly Serem, his Tinderet counterpart Julius Melly, Mr Sang and the governor during the presentation of title deeds to residents of Bonjoge. But when Ruto proceeded to Kurgung, it was only governor Lagat who proceeded with him and were received by Bitok, the Mosop legislator.