Deputy President William Ruto raffled political feathers when he made a surprise visit to Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala's sports' event held on Friday, December 31 in Mumias.
Addressing Malala, Ruto affirmed that he had sought permission from his boss, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi before gracing the event.
The DP also assured Malala that he did not need any protocol or special treatment in order to make an appearance.
"I want to thank Cleophas Malala for organising the Super Cup. I've seen the talent here and I want to thank you all once again. As a hustler, I will help you in this endeavour."
"I also want to thank Musalia Mudavadi for helping Malala to establish the tournament. I know Malala has been wondering why I arrived unannounced. Just know that there's a league that Musalia plays that you are not there yet. The permission I got was from Musalia Mudavadi, so don't worry yourself," Ruto stated much to the applause from the jovial crowd.
In a bid to woo the Western region, the DP pointed out his interest in working with the ANC boss and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula- disregarding the rumours of a possible OKA-ODM deal ahead of the August polls.
"Would you want Mudavadi to work with a hustler or a man of parables?" Ruto posed a question to the crowd.
Malala, in response, noted that for them to work with Ruto's United Democratic Alliance outfit, the DP would have to secure the interests of the Western region.
The political atmosphere in the western region was full of intrigues with Ruto and ODM Leader Raila Odinga flexing muscles as they pitched camp in the region.
Odinga attended the highly charged Bukhungu II meeting whereby a number of MPs defected to the Azimio la Umoja movement.
These included Benard Shinali of Ikolomani, Godfrey Osotsi, nominated Oku Kaunya, Teso North, Emanuel Wangwe Navakholo and ANC Deputy leader Ayub Savula.
However, the presence of Odinga and his brigade in Kakamega appeared to have scattered OKA chiefs, as Mudavadi and Wetangula were missing in action.
Mudavadi who was to be the Chief guest at Malala's event was reportedly in Mombasa, while Wetangula claimed to have been preoccupied by his party diary before he dismissed the Francis Atwoli-led event.