Deputy President William Ruto's 2022 presidential bid could have received a major boost after one of the governors from the coastal region endorsed him for the presidency.
And speaking during the function, Governor Salim Mvurya, who hosted Ruto, came out publicly for the first time to endorse Ruto for the top seat come 2022.
"Sisis ni watu wa msimam, na tukiona hapa mambo yalivyo, tunajua tutakusaidia na hatutakuacha hapo mwakani( We are people who have a stand, you have helped us and we will not forget you in 2022) stated Mvurya in swahili
At the same time, Ruto rallied support for his presidential bid. Ruto called for national unity and politics devoid of tribalism. He was accompanied by a host of leaders from the region including Msambweni MP Feisal Bader.
"Politics of ethnicity only benefits a few leaders with positions and privilege but politics of unity benefits every Kenyan and that is the direction we must all go," stated Ruto
Ruto said the UDA party will bring together people from all walks of life and will engage in politics of development by engaging businesses.
Mvurya's announcement to support Ruto comes at a time the governor was a No Show during ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga's three-day visit to the coastal region recently, sending speculations on whether he had
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