The deputy president William Ruto visited coastal region in a four day tour to cement his authority over the region. The coastal region since 2007 has supported the former prime minister Raila Amolo Odinga. Most of the elected leaders in the region are members of Orange Democratic Party, including the governor of kilifi Amason Kingi and his counterpart Hasan Joho of Mombasa.
From Thursday, the deputy was in the region where he inspected various government projects .He called on the residents to elect leaders who will guide the region to prosperity. He advised them to embrace unity even as Political dispensation approaches. The DP slammed those who intended to change the Constitution saying the ammendments could not address the problems of common mwananchi.
Yesterday,Ruto was in kilifi county to drum up support for his 2022 presidential bid.He met various leaders, members of county assembly, religious leaders and members of Parliament from the region. In the meeting,Ruto proposed Kilifi North mp,Owen Baya as a person who is a visionary leader. He said UDA should endorse Baya as the Secretary general.
Ruto's influence in the region is a big setback for ODM party . Aisha Jumwa,mp for Malindi publicly dismissed the his party leaders and instead has chosen to work with the deputy president. ODM lost Msambweni seat to an independent candidate who was supported by the deputy.
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