Nyanza tour by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto
Posted by African Press International on May 3, 2011
By Jeff Otieno
The long awaited tour of Nyanza Province by the Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Finance Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP, William Ruto has been hit by wrangles and could as well be called off.
During the recent luncheon in a Nairobi hotel which was hosted by Uhuru Kenyatta and a group of Luo professionals led by Freedom and Democracy Party Supremo Onyango Oloo, it was agreed that the tour be slated around Mid May.
But speaking to this writer on telephone, former Agriculture Minister William Ruto point man in Nyanza a Mr. Mbuta said the former Minister told him while in an overseas trip in Malaysia that he has not been informed of the event contrary to press reports.
The former Minister is shocked to hear that and whoever is saying otherwise is mistaken; buta quipped.
Contacted for comment, Freedom and Democracy Party eader, Onyango Oloo thundered that plans to host the duo and over 120 MPs will go on as planned irrespective of attention seekers who would like to destroy the arrangement.
It has however emerged that before the historic tour f the region, a group of respected Luo elders and opinion shapers are scheduled to go to Gatundu Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard to do a gigantic and intriguing task of reconciling Luos and Kikuyus before the next polls. This bad blood and suspicion between us must be harmonized and I have done all the logistics to ensure the reconciliation agenda is achieved; Oloo said in an interview.
Oloo added that all tangible economic benefits which has eluded the community for decades has been agreed upon between him and his allies emphasizing that his is politics with development devoid of rhetorics.
Keen political pundits led by Mumias Sugar Sales Executive, Peter Hongo who is also hopeful for Kisumu County Governor seat however told Oloo and his allies not to personalize their campaigns but instead popularize their party which is still a green horn.
As a community we won’t allow divisive under tones to derail our quest a head of 2012; Hongo said.
The main theme of the controversial tour is to preach peace and unity in the region and to fund raise for all women and youth groups. The two leaders will also hold a meeting with some stakeholders to identify key moribund economic outfits to be revived according to inside sources.