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Ruto’s visit to Nyanza was purely to market UDA, not development; ODM

ODM chair accuses Ruto of playing politics with the people of Nyanza adding that his recent visit was not for development purposes.

According to nominated MP John Mbadi, President William Ruto’s four-day trip to the Nyanza area was not intended to promote development as had been previously announced, but rather to push the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party agenda.

The ODM chair asserted that President Ruto’s visit to the area was mainly political and that the initiatives he appeared to announce were already underway under the previous administration.

Speaking on Citizen TV’s Daybreak show on Thursday, Mbadi insisted that Ruto brought nothing new to the region despite launching many projects during the visit. 

“I believe that the President’s visit was purely to sell the UDA agenda. It had nothing to do with development. There is nothing new that Ruto brought to Nyanza let it go on record,” said Mbadi.

“All those things that he was claiming to launch had been launched during President Kibaki’s time. What were are waiting for is for them to be completed so that they could be commissioned. Launching and commissioning are different. You cannot launch a project twice.”

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Mbadi poked holes in the launch of the Sindo-Magunga road in Suba South, Homa Bay County, claiming that the road had stalled because the contractor had not been paid.

“One of the projects is in the constituency I represent. The so-called Sindo-Magunga meter road. It was started in September 2021. Ksh.316 million was released to the contractor to do 14 kilometres. He has done all the earthworks what is remaining is for the completion,” he said.

“He’s been demanding for payment so that he continues with the work. The contractor is not on sight even after the contractor left. Give this contractor money to complete the work and come commission the road. Don’t come and play politics with our people.”

During the visit, Ruto launched the groundbreaking of the Kabonyo Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Center of Excellence in Nyando, Kisumu.

He also commissioned the Lake Basin Mall, a significant retail and entertainment hub, and the Koru-Bible College Road among other projects.

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