Deputy President William Ruto has since 2017 General Elections been a regular political tourist of Murang’a County as he seeks to endear himself to area voters ahead of 2022.
DP Ruto has visited six of the seven Murang’a constituencies for about three times but he has never made a show in Kangema Constituency.
Last year on July 28, the Nation reports, the DP was expected to preside over a fundraiser at Kiairathe Secondary School, only for his visit to be cancelled at the last minute. Ruto was set to visit Kiairathe and Kiharu where MP Ndindi Nyoro was having his homecoming ceremony.
After the fundraiser was cancelled, Dr Ruto has never made any further attempts to tour Kangema Constituency. But why?
1. Premature campaigns
Area MP Muturi Kigano has previously accused the DP of engaging in premature campaigns which President Uhuru Kenyatta has been very against. As such, the MP can be said to be towing Uhuru’s line by not welcoming the DP to ‘politick’ about 2022 in his constituency.
The elderly first-term MP says that his age does not allow him to become Ruto’s errand boy and sycophant.
3. Non-involvement in planning for DP’s visit
Kigano has been quoted previously saying that he has been sidelined and not notified about Ruto’s visit to Kangema.
“There has been people going round saying I’m opposed to the deputy president coming to Kangema, but it’s only courteous for me to be notified since I’m the area MP,” Kigano is quoted by the Nation is saying.