Deputy President William Ruto has made a triumphant entry to the stronghold of his political rival Raila Odinga in Kisumu.
Ruto made his way to the lakeside city for the Madaraka Day celebrations after missing out on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of Nyanza where the head of state launched several projects.
In the wake of his conspicuous absence, Ruto’s communications boss Emmanuel Talam set the record straight confirming that Ruto was not invited for the tour, adding that he only received an invite to attend the Madaraka Day celebrations which he would honour.
“He has been invited for the Madaraka Day celebrations and he will definitely go. For the other projects, he has not been invited. Those are different functions,” Talam said.
Ruto is among the guests set to address Kenyans during the country’s 58th Madaraka Day Celebrations set to be held at Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu city.
The day’s program indicates that the second in command is expected to arrive at the venue at 10:45am a few minutes after the Chief Defence Forces Robert Kibochi, Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Justice Martha Koome and other senior government officials.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta would arrive at the same time before the celebrations to mark Kenya’s attaining of self-rule begins.
According to the order of events, only three Kenyan leaders would make their speeches. The three are Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta. urundian president Evariste Ndayishimiye will be among the few guests attending Madaraka Day celebrations.