Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday, September 25, donated Sh2 million to boda boda Saccos and small-scale traders in Awendo, Migori County.

Speaking in the town after attending a service at Awendo Central SDA Church earlier, the deputy president said Sh1.5 million will be given to 48 boda boda Saccos in the constituency, and the remaining Sh500,000 will be distributed to mama mbogas in the area.

“The money I have given you is little. Next year [if I’m elected President], we won’t give you money in cash. We’ll set aside Sh120 million in every constituency to empower small-scale traders such as boda boda operators and mama mbogas,” said the DP.

Ruto urged the constituents to vote for him, saying he is best-suited to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, because he has “the best interest of Kenyans at heart”.

“In 2007, while I was the Deputy Party Leader of ODM, I helped Raila Odinga to become the Prime Minister of Kenya. In 2013 and 2017, I helped Uhuru Kenyatta to become the President. This time around, I’m asking them to allow me to elevate you, the small-scale traders, to higher economic positions,” he said.

While addressing the roadside crowd from the top of his sport utility vehicle, the deputy president spotted a woman carrying an umbrella, and asked if she could pass it to him, and the woman did.

The DP, thereafter, asked for Sh20,000 from one of his bodyguards in the car and handed over the money to the woman, identified as Mackline Atieno.

In yet another, incident, a youthful man walking in crutches asked to be allowed to speak with the DP. Upon reaching his vehicle, Ruto gave him Sh20,000 after a brief conversation.

In his address, Ruto claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have teamed up to frustrate his presidential bid, saying that his only hope was now lying with the ordinary Kenyans.

By The Standard