The just-concluded Devolution Conference on Friday turned dramatic after counter governors prevented Deputy President William Ruto's Chief of staff to preside over the ceremony.
DP Ruto was expected to address the county governors on the last day of the conference however, rather sent his Chief of Staff Ken Osinde to represent him as he continued to a political rally in Nyandarua. Ruto was in Nyandarua pushing his Bottom-Up Economic Agenda to people as he tries to rally them behind him ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The county governors, nonetheless, denied Osinde the opportunity to address them and instead blocked him from attending the conference.
The County Chiefs claimed that the move by Ruto to send his Chief of Staff to address them was an indication of disrespect to them. "We expected the DP to attend and preside over the crossing ceremony. As governors, we consider this conference as an international event and not every person can execute such a significant function," Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said.
The governors likewise denied Osinde to plant a tree on behalf of Ruto to show his support for environmental protection. They rather decided to leave the hole Ruto was expected to plant empty with the tree beside it.
Ruto was, however, replaced by Cabinet Secretary of Defense Eugene Wamalwa as the Conference's chief guest.
"Thank you for responding to our call to attend this conference at the last minute as our guest," Deputy Chair of Council of Governors and Kisii Governor James Ongwae said.
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