Coast Leaders Set to Meet Ruto

Leaders from the Coast allied to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) are set to meet Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday despite being warned of doing so by the party's top hierarchy.

In what could be seen as daring the party and its leader Raila Odinga, reports indicate that Coast Parliamentary Group chairman Suleiman Dori has invited the DP for an Iftar dinner Saturday, barely a week after the party’s Deputy Leader, Mr Hassan Joho invited Odinga for a similar ceremony.

This comes barely two days after ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna affirmed that MPs who have expressed support for the DP will be punished.

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Sifuna maintained that ODM through its appropriate organs will consider disciplinary action against the members should they persist in their contempt of party resolutions and directions.

“It is shocking indeed that some of those engaged in these premature campaigns for Ruto are members of the Party’s NEC who are expected to abide by its decisions,” he remarked.

Dori, on the other hand, stated that he would support Ruto “as he was the only one with the capacity to address issues affecting the Coastal people and bring them development."

Last week, Odinga was hosted by Joho in Mombasa and during his address, he hinted at backing the governor in 2022.

The Opposition Chief noted that he was looking forward to when a Muslim would contest and get elected as President.

"Today, to go for the presidency, one has to look at the tribes that will vote for him. This is not the Kenya we want.

"Hassan Joho can contest and get elected as president. Isn't it? This is the Kenya we want to create," stated Odinga.

[caption caption="File image of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and NASA leader Raila Odinga"][/caption]