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DP Ruto Honorably Suspends Campaigns To Mourn Kibaki As Raila Selfishly Sneaks Out For US Tour



LEFT: Deputy President William Ruto addressing a past political gathering | RIGHT: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga when he arrived in Washington DC for his latest trip to the United States

This past week, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto once again showcased his high levels of honour when he selflessly cancelled all Kenya Kwanza Alliance rallies for three days following the death of former President Mwai Kibaki.

Through his Digital Secretary Dennis Itumbi, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader took to his social media pages to announce the decision unanimously reached by the coalition’s principals out of extreme respect for Mr Kibaki.

“In honour of our third President, as Kenya Kwanza, all the meetings we were going to have tomorrow and Sunday we will cancel them in honour and respect of our third President so that we join his family in mourning and celebrating his life,” it noted in part.

Before the temporary suspension, the Alliance had planned a four-day campaign tour in Vihiga County, covering Bungoma, Busia and Kakamega until Sunday, April 24.

On the other hand, the rather non-compassionate Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential flag-bearer Raila Odinga only went to briefly view the body of the Late Retired President at the Lee Funeral home before leaving for the one-week United States (US) tour.

After a quick photo op, the ODM Party leader hurriedly left the morgue located along the Argwings Kodhek Road to avoid missing his flight to Washington DC.

In what looks like his last foreign mission before the August 9th general election, the former Prime Minister will hold meetings with senior senators from Congress and CEOs of major corporations during his week-long visit to the US.

Interestingly, he carries high expectations that the United States will rally behind his candidature knowing fully well that the nation and its leadership care and only guards its interests with the rest simply masked as international Public Relations (PR).

Accompanying Raila for the high profile trip included governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia) and James Ongwae (Kisii).

Also in the entourage are Azimio spokesperson Makau Mutua, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and former head of Public Service Sally Kosgey.

Karua’s inclusion comes on the backdrop of a spirited campaign by Azimio women leaders who have petitioned Raila to consider the former Justice minister for the position of running mate.

When mourning Kibaki on Friday, the DP praised the former Finance Cabinet Minister as a great inspiration to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance as they look forward to changing the economic fortunes of the country.

In a statement, he noted that the late President was a man of many excellent attributes and colossal accomplishments.

Ruto who served under Kibaki’s administration as Minister for Agriculture said that the former President enabled and encouraged him to align his work with a sound vision that could benefit all Kenyans.