At least 100 legislators are expected to attend the upcoming mega rally in Eldoret town that will be raced by Deputy President William Ruto.
The rally, which will be the first one that DP Ruto will be addressing in his hometown, since the 2017 general election campaigns, is also expected to attract at least 30,000 people.
Eldoret Sports Club will be hosting the rally on Saturday, January 8, 2022.
Local leaders involved in planning for the event say it will be used to give blessings to the DP to officially go out and look for the presidential votes across the country.
Addressing a media briefing after inspecting the venue of the Eldoret rally, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said all Kenyans from not only the North Rift region are welcome to attend.
“As North Rift, we want to give Ruto blessings to go out and speak to all Kenyans and seek their support for his presidential bid,” Mandago said.
The governor further said the region is fully behind DP Ruto’s bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, not because he is one of them, but because he has an undisputed development record.
Ruto served as Eldoret North MP before becoming the Deputy President in 2013.
“When he was MP, at a time there was no CDF, he made sure his constituency had no single school with semi-permanent structure. His reign as Minister for Agriculture is when fertilizer subsidy was introduced and as a Deputy President, his record for development is well documented,” Mandago said.
On his part, Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi said the Eldoret rally will also be used by leaders in the North Rift to affirm their belief in a Ruto presidency.
After the rally, the vocal MP said the DP will be allowed to move around the country, looking for presidential votes – and will be at liberty not to hold any further event in his home county.
“We have agreed that we allow Ruto to seek for votes around the country, for us in Eldoret, maybe if he finds time he can come back 5 days before the general election,” Sudi said.
All aspirants for various seats on a UDA ticket in Uasin Gishu have also agreed to shelve their local differences, and offer full support for the Eldoret rally.
In a recent meeting at UDA offices in the county, the aspirants pledged to show a high level of political maturity.