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William Ruto's trips baffle even President Uhuru Kenyatta

Sunday June 3 2018

Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto is installed as a Tugen elder at Eldama Ravine in Baringo County on May 19, 2018. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The jury is still out on what President Uhuru Kenyatta meant when he said his Deputy William Ruto was wandering all over (kutangatanga), but the trips Mr Ruto has been making are quite telling.

In May, for instance, he travelled to at least 10 counties — including Nakuru (three times) and Baringo (twice).

Huyu kijana anaitwa Ruto, kila wikendi anatangatanga kila pahali. Atakuwa anapitia hizi machorochoro akiona kuna kitu inaenda kona kona mumwambie (This young man called Ruto has been wandering all over the place every weekend. He will be passing through some of these alleys and if there is something going wrong, tell him),” said Mr Kenyatta.

Mr Ruto has attended fundraisers, church services, graduation ceremonies and many other events.

On Thursday, May 3, he was at the Kabarak home of former president Daniel arap Moi, but failed to meet the elder statesman allegedly due to a medical appointment.



That same day, he travelled to Ndakaini village in Gatanga constituency, Murang’a County, for the burial of Mr John Macharia, son of Royal Media Services chairman S.K. Macharia.

And still on that day, according to his Twitter account, he attended the launch of the Rapid Results Initiative at the Kenya School of Government.

Two days later, he was in Baringo South constituency for the burial of local MP Grace Kipchoim.

The event was dominated by rhetoric on how Mr Ruto should be the 2022 presidential candidate, and not his rival, Senator Gideon Moi.


The next day, on May 6, Mr Ruto crossed to Elgeyo Marakwet County for an inter-denominational prayer service at Moi Kapsowar Girls’ High School.

The following Sunday, after a busy week in his Karen office, Mr Ruto was in Trans Nzoia County for a fundraiser, and where former journalist Mohamed Ali sensationally backed him for the 2022 State House race.

On May 16, three days later, Mr Ruto was in Nakuru County, alongside President Kenyatta, for a prayer service for the 47 victims of the Solai dam tragedy.

The next day he was in his Karen home-cum-office hosting the leadership of the Africa Inland Church from lower Eastern region.