- Khalwale asked Ruto to choose either ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi or Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula as his deputy.
- Mbadi accused Ruto of extending his 2022 political campaign in Nyanza in disguise of launching government projects.
A section of leaders from western Kenya on Sunday reached out to Deputy President William Ruto to consider picking his 2022 running mate from the region.
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale asked Mr Ruto to choose either ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi or Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula as his deputy.
“We have made an early stand and it is well-known that we are supporting your presidency in 2022. Don’t do to us what Nasa leader Raila Odinga did to this community. Pick your running mate from western,” Dr Khalwale said in Mumias, Kakamega County.
They said they are endorsing Mr Ruto, hoping he will not sideline the region. Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said he had pleaded with both Mr Wetang'ula and Mr Mudavadi to join the Ruto bandwagon to no avail.
“When Jubilee won the 2017 elections, I reached out to my two elder brothers and invited them to work with the government, but they were reluctant until Mr Raila left them and joined us.
"I again asked them to join Mr Ruto for 2022 elections, but again they became sluggish. Now Mr Odinga has joined the government before them,” he said.
And he assured to spearhead campaigns for Mr Ruto in the region “just like I worked for Mr Odinga during his 2007 and 2013 presidential bids”.
Mr Ruto was in Busia County on Saturday and is scheduled to tour Homa Bay and Migori counties today to inspect various road development projects.