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Obado to host DP Ruto in Migori this weekend

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Obado to host DP Ruto in Migori this weekend

Okoth Obado and William Ruto at a past event. | Photo/Courtesy

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Migori County is expected to host Deputy President William Ruto this weekend, a region which is considered ODM Party stronghold.

DP Ruto’s inroad in Migor will be an interesting turn of event to watch as eyes turn to the controversial County Chief Okoth Obado who has been a guest of the state recently following the death of former Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

The DP is expected to lead a fundraiser at Awendo Central SDA Church, said Kuria West MP Mathias Robi.

“We will have a funds drive at the church. The church had requested for this in the past and due to tight schedule and Covid-19 restrictions, we have been postponing it until Saturday,” said Robi

Awendo is one of the constituencies that opposed ODM seductions back in 2013 general election only to elect Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya candidate Jared Kopiyo.

Kopiyo who is currently serving in Migori County as Chairman of the County Public Service Board has since joined the DP’s hustler nation movement.

According to a report in a local daily, the County official will host DP Ruto, together with MP Robi.

“I will arrive with Ruto from Nairobi in a chopper and we will be received by Kopiyo and other leaders allied to United Democratic Alliance in Migori and Nyanza region. We plan to address the crowd after the funds drive or a major greeting of people in Awendo town,”

said Robi.

Robi said they are confident they will manage to register 200,000 fresh UDA members in the region to push DP Ruto’s bottoms-up agenda in the Luo Nyanza.

“The next government will be formed by UDA and Ruto at the helm. Most voters and leaders in Nyanza are aware of this and they are struggling to find a space with us which we have given with an open hand,” Robi said.

Robi said that a defection by Kopiyo to join hustler movement was an impetus to propel DP Ruto’s political drumbeats in Raila’s stronghold.

According to them, the Awendo tour would cement UDA party in the region.

His remarks coincides with a recent incident where Kopiyo visited DP Ruto at his residence in Karen, Nairobi on September 23.

This even as Kopiyo distanced himself from joining UDA saying he was yet to make his mind on his 2022 political move.

But even as DP makes foray in Odinga’s backyard, Kenyans will be interested to see the message Ruto will share with Obado who is alleged to have swindled County funds since he took reign as Migori County Governor.

Obado involved his entire family in a corruption syndicate back in the year 2020 when the Director of Public Preosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji brought the case to light.

Governor Obado was prosecuted alongside his wife, four children and six others over the embezzlement of over Ksh.73 million public funds.

Obado has publicly disassociated himself from ODM party boss Raila odinga and rejoined the People’s Democratic Party.

PDP party leader Omingo Magara has been openly drumming up support for Ruto after the party went into a joint pact with UDA.