Uhuru set for Western and North Rift tour


President Kenyatta will pitch camp in western Kenya this weekend to drum up support for the ruling coalition, which has been on the receiving end over reports of a struggling economy and corruption.

The three-day tour will also see the President visit North Rift, just days after his deputy, William Ruto, attended a public function in Nandi County last weekend in what is largely seen as strategy to silence URP rebels.

“He will consult widely with regional leaders on issues affecting the regions and their residents. In conformity with the Jubilee government’s promise of transformation, he will also inspect, commission and launch a number of development projects,” said State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu Thursday.

Mr Ruto’s URP has been facing challenges from rebels led by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and his Kericho counterpart, Paul Chepkwony.

Last weekend, Governor Ruto hosted opposition leader Raila Odinga, sparking speculation that a political alliance could be in the offing.

The State House itinerary shows that Mr Kenyatta will address the public in Kakamega, Bungoma, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet and West Pokot.

On Tuesday, about 200 URP supporters from Elgeyo-Marakwet defected to ODM.

Mr Odinga received them at Orange House.