DEVELOPMENT

He said Dr Ruto is “an extremely disrespectful individual who deserves zero support from the region”.

He cited the case of former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa. “Echesa lacks the academic and managerial capacity to run a ministry. Why would Dr Ruto opt for such a person in a populous community with well-educated individuals, unless of course he holds us in contempt?” Dr Simiyu said.

The Tongaren MP said the trend of Governor Khaemba and other leaders teaming up with Dr Ruto for perks “is tantamount to weaponising development”.

He said leaders from western Kenya are being coerced into submission “unfairly and disrespectfully”.

However, Dr Khalwale paints a different picture. According to him, western Kenya is increasingly warming up to the DP “because residents are fatigued with opposition politics”.

Dr Ruto said the politician who resigned as Ford Kenya’s deputy party leader last weekend, is gaining popularity “because he has a more realistic chance of winning the presidency in 2022” than Mudavadi or Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula.

CAMPAIGNS

On May 11, Mr Waluke said Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula “are tool lazy to win the presidency”.

“Mr Mudavadi is sleeping while his competitors are busy traversing the country searching for votes. He should stop complaining about Dr Ruto's early campaigns and hit the road as well,” Mr Waluke said.

The Sirisia MP may have spoken too early.

Except for last weekend’s highly publicised meeting of Kiambu elders and politicians at businessman Nginyo Kariuki’s home, the Sunday Nation has established that Mr Mudavadi has been holding meetings across the country quietly.

In just two weeks, the politician has been to several counties. Before the Kiambu date, he held a meeting with the business community in Thika, just a couple of days after another meeting in Meru.

A week before, Mr Mudavadi was hosted by the Murang’a Catholic Diocese Development forum, which covers Murang’a and Kirinyaga counties.

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