Security heightened in Nairobi ahead of DP Ruto tour

This will be the second such tour in the city to campaign for his UDA party.

In Summary

•Ruto is expected to tour Roysambu area. He will be at Marurui via Kiambu Road at 9am.

•From there he is expected in Kahawa West Roundabout at about 10am and Soko ya Mawe, Githurai 44 at 11am.

DP William Ruto in Nairobi.
DP William Ruto in Nairobi.
Image: DPPS

Security has been beefed up in Nairobi ahead of Deputy president William Ruto’s tour.

Ruto is expected to tour Roysambu area on Friday. He will be at Marurui via Kiambu Road at 9am.

From there he is expected in Kahawa West Roundabout at about 10am and Soko ya Mawe, Githurai 44 at 11am.

Ruto will visit Zimmerman, Kamiti Road at noon before going to TRM, Roysambu Roundabout, Santon, Mwiki, Njiru shopping centre and Njiru/Ruai junction.

Nairobi deputy police boss James Mugera said they had heightened their operations and vigilance and urged for continued cooperation from the public.

“We will succeed through cooperation from the public at large and that is why we continue to advise for continued vigilance and alertness. Say if you suspect something is wrong,” he said.

He added they have more patrol teams at all places including estates and shopping malls

Motorists have been urged to avoid the routes for the better part of the morning to avoid the expected traffic jam.

More personnel have been deployed there to manage the situation. 

This will be the second such tour in the city to campaign for his UDA party. 

Ruto will be in a whirlwind tour of Nairobi on Friday, Sunday and Monday.

Unlike other presidential hopefuls, Ruto’s campaign is weaved around hefty donations running into millions of shillings dubbed empowerment programme to youth and women groups, churches and schools.

Ruto's penchant for donations has been the subject of heated debates, with a number of leaders questioning the source of the millions he has been using to bankroll church activities all over the country.

The DP has, however, remained unapologetic and has continued donating bundles of well-arranged crisp notes, hitting at his critics as anti-poor.

On Wednesday, Ruto embarked on a series of campaign rallies in Nairobi.

The campaign trails were characterised by the DP's pledges to Kenyans and numerous attacks aimed at president Uhuru Kenyatta and the ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Ruto said his first priority, if elected president, will be to turn around the economy of the country to ensure a decent lifestyle for all.

He accused Raila of instilling fear and entrenching ethnic politics.

"They are telling us to prioritize the change of constitution and accommodate more people in the government by creating more positions," Ruto said.

Ruto promised to put up 20 markets within Nairobi once he ascends to power.

Leaders who accompanied him in various rallies maintained that Kenya belongs to all.