William Ruto in a rare show camaraderie in his Nyanza Tour on Saturday describes ODM leader Raila Odinga as his ally.
President William Ruto has detailed his new friendship dynamics with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who he described as a long-time ally.
Speaking during a tour of Mfangano Island, Homa Bay County, the President described Raila as ‘his person’, an indication of a newfound truce between the duo.
Ruto rekindled moments he walked with the ODM leader politically during their days in the ODM party.
He said for Raila to become Prime Minister in 2007, Ruto said he worked hard to ensure he bags the requisite votes.
“For him to become a former prime minister, who looked for that post for him? Am I not the one who fought for it alongside other people?
“At that time I was a Raila person. However, since I became President, Raila has become my person. Is there any problem with that?” he stated.
President Ruto further explained that his 2022 General Election victory was beneficial to him, Raila supporters, and every other Kenyan and that he would work with all politicians to ensure he secured his legacy.
President Ruto was among the Pentagon members who backed Raila in 2007 when he faced Former President Mwai Kibaki.
He played a key role in rallying the Rift Valley region to back Raila.
During his Nyanza development tour, Ruto maintained that all Kenyans would be treated and served equally in his government, allaying any fears of the region being excluded from his development agenda.
“I want to tell Nyanza residents they will be served by the government just like all Kenyans. No region in Kenya will be discriminated based on party or political affiliation.
In his tour on Saturday, Ruto commissioned the improvement of the 53-kilometre Mfangano Island Ring Road in the company of Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga, Cabinet Secretaries Kipchumba Murkomen and Eliud Owalo, Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa, a host of MPs and MCAs.
“Upgrading roads in rural areas changes the social and economic outlook of the people; it opens up communities to investment, creates new economic activities and facilitates the provision of social services,” Ruto said.