William Ruto today attended a church service in Homabay county, Homabay constituency, as he promised to work with all leaders.
This was the first trip made by the president to Luo Nyanza since he was elected as the fifth President of Kenya. During the visit, the head of state expressed gratitude to the people of Nyanza for electing him as Kenya’s President.
During the in his address, the president expressed willingness to work with all the elected leaders from the Nyanza region.
“We will work with all the leaders so that we can transform Homa Bay. We are going to work together so that we can serve you as the people who have elected us,” he said.
Area leaders who accompanied the president in his maiden trip in Luo Nyanza were Ugenya member of parliament David Ochieng (who has since ditched Azimio La Umoja coalition for Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza), for Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma, former Kisumu senator Ken Obura, Cabinet Secretary nominee for Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Eliud Okwalo, former Minister for Public Works Dalmas Otieno among others.
However, conspicuously missing in President William Ruto’s team was Homabay county governor Gladys Wang’a, and Homabay Town MP Peter Opondo Kaluma. While stating the reason for her absence, Homabay county governor stated that she is was away out of the country on official duty.
“I wish to extend a warm welcome to the president on behalf of the great people of Homa Bay and request him to feel at home. I am, however, out of the country on official duty and will therefore be unable to join him for the church service,” she said.
On his side, Homabay Town MP Peter Kaluma said that he lacked the means to reach at the church where the president had attended the service. He further said that he only heard of the President’s visit today in the morning.
Ruto further asked the residents to join hands with him so that he may achieve his preelection pledges. “We have to move on and see the changes we can do for our country. That will be possible if we come together and understand that now we are not in competition,” he said.
He also told the residents that he respects former president Uhuru Kenyatta, and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.