Monday, February 28, 2011

Ruto's Kisumu funds drive rally off till Match

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ELDORET North MP William Ruto’s planned funds drive in Kisumu today has been put off. Kisumu police boss John Mwinzi confirmed the cancellation of the meeting which was to take place at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.

Mwinzi was however quick to add that he had asked the organisers to reschedule the event until the row on the nomination of key judicial officials was solved. “I advised them to hold their horses until the political temperatures cool,” Mwinzi said.

He however said his office is ready to offer security at the event with support from neighbouring police divisions in Nyanza. Ruto’s point man in Nyanza George Ayugi confirmed the postponement of the funds drive till March 19.

Ayugi said the MP will be arriving at the lakeside city on March 18, where he will spend the night and attend the harambee the next morning. “The MP will be arriving in Kisumu on March 18 and we expect him to spend a night at the Imperial Hotel before presiding over the function the following day,” he said.

The funds drive will be in support of the youths in the region especially those involved in boda boda business, he said. “The function has totally nothing to do with politics some people have perceived it,” he said, adding that youths from the region had called for the funds drive. “We therefore want to clear the rumour going round that the MP will be coming to Nyanza to measure his political strength with the Prime Minister,” said Ayugi.

Last week, the Eldoret MP’s confidantes announced that the MP would be leading a number of his allies for a mass rally in the lake side city which is perceived as PM Raila's stronghold.

Ayugi said Ruto will be leading more than 40 MPs to Kisumu, among them the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eugene Wamalwa, Samuel Poghisio, Najib Balala, Charles Keter among others.

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