, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8- “There are some people complaining because I have been inviting visitors in my home. I just wonder why my visitors should be a problem to them,” this was the Deputy President William Ruto’s response to opposition leaders who have been questioning why he has been receiving leaders in his Eldoret home.
CORD leader Raila Odinga has accused the deputy president of using the old tactics of KANU era to woo supporters – a thing that Ruto did not take kindly.
“My wife Rachael has not complained for cooking food to my visitors. You are complaining as who?” he posed amid cheering from the thousands of Likoni residents who were receiving title deeds from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
More than 5,000 title deeds of the controversial Waitiki land were issued.
The historic function did not pass without politics as leaders from either side of the coalition tried to woo the thousands of Likoni residents to their side ahead of the 2017 General election.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said he felt excluded during the President’s visit in Mombasa and evidently enough, they had not met for the 16 days Kenyatta has been in Mombasa.
“It’s not fair,” he said. “Because I have no problem working with the national government in the interest of my people.”
The Deputy President, in a thinly veiled attack to the Governor asked the President to even extend his visit by a few more days since Mombasa was part of Kenya.
“Some Kenyans have been wondering why you have stayed for long in Mombasa… The President will stay in the coastal region, because it is part of Kenya,” he said.
Joho, who is a deputy leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), had earlier had a bitter exchange with Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko but insisted he was in the opposition and there is no way he can campaign for the Jubilee coalition.
He had accused President Kenyatta of excluding him during his stay in Mombasa and mentioned in particular his visit to the Kenya Ferry Services Headquarters.
He also admitted that he wooed to ODM party by the Deputy President.
The Deputy President however said that, “I went back to him and told him that the journey was not long… we should seek other alternatives. We should not confuse a journey and a destination. It’s only a fool who cannot change his mind.”