In Summary
  • Coast Parliamentary Group chairman Suleiman Dori, said the leaders would defy threats from the opposition and campaign for Mr Ruto.

  • Mr Ruto has been at the Coast five times since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Raila Odinga’s handshake on March 9.

  • While Mr Joho is keen on vying on an ODM ticket, Mr Kingi says he will form a party.

Deputy President William Ruto reaped big during his three-day tour of the Coast when opposition MPs pledged to support his quest for the presidency.

Coast Parliamentary Group chairman Suleiman Dori (ODM), said the leaders would defy threats from the opposition and campaign for Mr Ruto.

The Msambweni MP accused ODM of double standards.

He said the party should first act on deputy party leader Hassan Joho who met Kanu chairman Gideon Moi and announced they would join forces.

FIVE TIMES

Mr Ruto has been at the Coast five times since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Raila Odinga’s handshake on March 9.

He has visited Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River and Taita-Taveta counties.

The DP, who was in Kwale on Tuesday before returning on Saturday for a three-day tour of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa has cashed on the handshake  to turn the Coast political tide in his favour.

1.7 MILLION VOTES

The Uhuru-Raila union has also destabilised the opposition, with two camps — one headed by Mr Joho and the other by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi — battling it out for the control of the region’s 1.7 million votes.

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