Today’s visit where the Deputy President William Ruto address three rallies in Kabati market in Kitui west, Kitui Town, and Migwani market in Mwingi west, is seen as a belated entry to a region whose top leaders are vehemently opposed to his candidacy, especially the Wiper leader Kalonzo Msyoka and Governor Charity Ngilu.
Deputy President William Ruto is also expected to return to Kitui on Sunday, for two church functions in Mutito in Kitui east and later at Kiusyani in Kitui Rural constituency.
Even as Deputy President William Ruto is expected to be in Kitui to hunt votes, the Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, who blames Dr Ruto for her sacking from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet in 2015, have been vocal in rallying the community against the DP’s bid.
Governor Ngilu has been more categorical, keeping sustained political attacks against William Ruto and urging Wiper leader Musyoka to join hands with ODM leader Raila Odinga, to guarantee a sure victory against Ruto in 2022 elections.
The sustained attacks by the two leaders is perhaps the reason why Dr Ruto’s campaigns in the region were low key, until last week when he hosted a caucus of Kamba leaders in Amboseli to discuss his campaign strategy.
A few weeks ago, Dr Ruto hosted at his Karen residence delegations of leaders from Kitui and Makueni counties including religious leaders and some members of county assemblies.
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