Ruto, when he visited parts of the region last week, received an unexpectedly warm reception, with most elected leaders coming out to not only receive him but also holding closed door talks with him.
Those aware of the happenings have revealed that on top of trying to secure development for their region, the leaders were also trying to convince Ruto to strike a truce with Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga.
The area leaders who spoke to the Daily Nation on Monday revealed that the plan was to have the two leaders, who are considered the worst of enemies, embrace each other and work together henceforth.
The other goal, the paper was told, was to create a good environment from where to demand development projects, especially those that were initiated by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“During our meeting with the President on Friday night, we reminded him about the need to complete the projects initiated by his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta,” one of them told the paper.
Alego Usonga Member of Parliament Sam Atandi said that the second mission readily succeeded, with Ruto promising to look into the development proposal during his meetings with them.
“We want to thank the President for assuring us that he will look at all the issues we raised with him,” he said.
While attending ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo's homecoming ceremony in Asembo on Saturday, Siaya governor James Orengo, a close ally of Raila, openly called for a truce between the two.
He said that even if not for the sake of a handshake, the two should come together for the sake of unity.
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