- The local campaign team led by Karachuonyo MP James Rege termed the incident in Kisumu as unfortunate.
- The President generally got a receptive audience from crowds in Homa Bay and Kisumu but DP Ruto faced a hostile group of youths.
- Mr Alila said the president means well for Nyanza residents.
Jubilee Party officials in Nyanza are claiming the heckling of Deputy President William Ruto in Kisumu Wednesday was planned ahead of his tour with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Homa Bay and Kisumu counties.
The local campaign team led by Karachuonyo MP James Rege termed the incident in Kisumu as unfortunate and sad but pointed fingers at politicians from the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa).
“Heckling of the deputy president was the height of intolerance in a region lagging behind in terms of development,” Mr Rege said.
“It is clear that the DP’s heckling was planned. How come some opposition officials warned him not to accompany the president and these unfortunate incidences occurred?” asked Mr Rege, referring to Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ who had earlier said the DP was unwelcome in the region.
While the President generally got a receptive audience from crowds in Homa Bay and Kisumu, his deputy faced a hostile group of youth at the launch of a brewery in Kisumu as he tried to introduce President Kenyatta to speak.
The youth wore Jubilee branded T-shirts handed out to them just before the visit, but they chanted slogans disapproving Mr Ruto even as Jubilee nominated Senator Joy Gwendo and local MP Ken Obura tried to calm them down.
Later, Ms Gwendo told NTV’s Side Bar show that some of the hecklers had infiltrated supporters to attempt to embarrass the Jubilee leaders during the visit.
Mr Rege said he convinced the Head of State to order the tarmacking of the Rusinga Island ring road, establishing of a dry port in Mbita Town and creating of the new Suba Central district during the tour.