Deputy President William Ruto had to wait for at least 30 minutes after attendees of his church event at AIC Kathonzweni in Makueni County took long to arrive.
Ushers directed the DP into the office of the church’s deacon as efforts to mobilise attendees continued.
Ruto was to commission a church bus that he had contributed funds towards buying.
The DP, who arrived at 9am, waited for several minutes. Empty seats were being occupied gradually.
Around noon, he commissioned the bus after students from the neighbouring Kathonzweni Secondary School.
Police officers, stationed at the church gate, however blocked unmasked people from entering the compound.
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The DP was accompanied to the function by Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, among others.
But reports link the ’embarrassing’ moment to alleged infighting among UDA grassroots mobilisers in Makueni.
Later, organisers cancelled a third rally scheduled to take place at Kyambeke Market in Kaiti Constituency with no reasons disclosed.
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The Standard reached DP’s communications director, Emmanuel Tallam, but our phone call to him wasn’t received.
Dennis Itumbi, a key Ruto campaigner and digital strategist, told The Standard that he’d “inquire from the grassroots mobilisers on why the schedule delayed”.
UDA grassroots politicians in Makueni County refused to speak about the Saturday morning happenings.
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