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‘Nyanza will vote for Ruto in 2027 without fail’ – CS Owalo

Sunday, June 9th, 2024 17:48 | By
CS Eliud Owalo at the Nomiya Church, Sirikwa Diocese, Kipkaren in Eldoret.
CS Eliud Owalo at the Nomiya Church, Sirikwa Diocese, Kipkaren in Eldoret. PHOTO/Eliud Owalo/Facebook

Information, Communication, and Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo has claimed the Nyanza region will vote for President William Ruto in the 2027 elections.

Nyanza is viewed as Raila Odinga's political stronghold, and during the previous elections, Ruto performed poorly in the region.

However, Owalo is confident that the projects undertaken by the Kenya Kwanza government will sway the vote-rich region in favour of the president.

“Let me tell you a secret: we as the Nyanza region have decided that because of the projects President Ruto has kicked off here, we will vote for him without fail in 2027," Owalo said in Eldoret on Sunday, June 9, 2024, as quoted by a local publication.

“We will not wait until he gets into office to start knocking on his door; we will back him from the start so that we can be in government."

At the Nomiya Church, Sirikwa Diocese at Kipkaren in Eldoret, Owalo was joined by Uashin Gishu Governor Jonathan Arap Bii, former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, and ex-Senator Janet Ongera.

Owalo's confidence comes even as the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is facing internal turmoil.

UDA wrangles

Although President Ruto's speech in Nakuru on Sunday called for peace and unity, a call also emphasized by Rigathi Gachagua, there have been visible contradictions between the two leaders in the recent past.

In fact, Gachagua linked the cracks in UDA to the succession politics of 2032 which he cautioned against.

“I want to ask our leaders in Kenya Kwanza to drop this agitation. Drop divisive talk. Stop creating factions in our government and focus. The most important business of the day is to ensure President Ruto succeeds. That is my focus and commitment. When people start the succession politics of 2032, it causes distraction.

“I want to ask our leaders to stop; 2032 is very far away, it is unnecessary, it is unhelpful, it is inappropriate, and it is irritating. Let all of us serve the people of Kenya and support the president to succeed," Gachagua said.

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