Ruto Takes Charm Offensive to Coast With Bag Full of Goodies

  • Deputy President William Ruto began his five-day tour of the Coast on Thursday, September 12, 2019. 

    The DP’s communication secretary, David Mugonyi, told Daily Nation that Ruto will make his first stop at Tana River County, to inspect KoraKora Canal Water project as well as coconuts and nuts farming projects.

    In Kilifi, the deputy president will commission the Baricho Water project and visit the National Irrigation Board project on cashew nuts and coconuts. He is expected to hand out free seedlings to farmers in the region.

    Deputy President William Ruto in a kanzu. He will be in the Coast for five days to launch various projects

    A Ksh500 million dam in Kwale also awaits Ruto’s launch. The dam was reconstructed after it was washed away by floods.

    On Sunday, he will be in Mombasa to launch a Ksh300 million sewerage system funded by the African Development Bank in Changamwe.

    His five day-visit will end at Taita Tateva on Monday. 

    Ruto’s tour comes in the backdrop of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s week-long stay at the Coast. 

    On Wednesday, President Kenyatta flew from Mombasa to Ruto’s home county, Uasin Gishu, to preside over the pass out ceremony of recruits from Moi Barracks in Eldoret. 

    During his tour, the President inspected the progress of a number of key development projects such as the first berth of the Lamu Port and the Shimoni Port in Kwale. 

    He met with Coast leaders and pledged to fast-track projects initiated by his government in all the six counties as well as drummed up support for his working relationship with ODM leader Raila Odinga. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting Shimoni Port in Kwale County on September 8, 2019. He was at the coast for a week.