Deputy President William Ruto faced another hostile crowd when he toured Trans Nzoia County in his countrywide voter registration drive, just a day after youth chanting pro-Nasa slogans blocked him from addressing a rally in Bungoma town.
According to reports on The Standard, drama started after CORD supporters barricaded the road leading to Masaba Primary School where DP Ruto’s chopper was to land, forcing him to instead land at the Kitale Members Club.
There had also been ugly scenes at DP Ruto’s first stop in Kiminini Town after CORD and Jubilee supporters clashed forcing security officers to intervene.
The youth engaged in song and dance in praise of NASA as area MP Chris Wamalwa made way to Ruto’s rally.
In his address Wamalwa said Jubilee had no place in Western Kenya saying the region’s votes belonged to CORD.
“We love and we appreciate the projects that Jubilee government has initiated here but our votes are in the Opposition,” said Wamalwa amid cheers from the crowd.
DP Ruto however disapproved MP Wamalwa’s remarks saying he did not represent the view of the people of Trans Nzoia.
DP Ruto was adamant that Jubilee would pull a surprise in Western region saying the people had seen the development that the government had made in the region.
He further stated that claims by CORD leader Raila Odinga that Jubilee was working with NIS to rig the elections were repugnant and signified their unpreparedness.
“First they said they did not want IEBC commissioners and we replaced them, then they said they wanted the register to be audited and when we began the process they went to court to stop it; now they are claiming we want to use NIS to rig the elections,” stated Ruto.
“My advice to CORD leader Raila Odinga is this – while it is his right to participate in the elections, it is not a must. If CORD is not ready to face us in the August elections they should just skip it and wait for 2022.”
A section of county legislators, including Women Representative Janet Nangabo accused MP Wamalwa of planning the chaos in a bid to discreet the deputy president.