Kenyans are saddened by the news that Ruto has been rushed to the hospital. Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader and former Bomet governor, Isaac Ruto was airlifted to a city hospital after falling ill.
In a statement dated Wednesday, August 11, CCM Secretary General, Albert Kochei, noted that Ruto was unwell and airlifted from his Bomet home by Amref Flying Doctors. The party affirmed that Ruto complained of acute flu after voting on Tuesday, August 9.
According to the party, the doctor’s report indicated that the Bomet gubernatorial candidate was on the path to recovery.
“I wish to notify the members of the public, that Isaac Kiprono Ruto fell ill on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, and was airlifted to Nairobi Hospital by Amref Flying Doctors.
“Isaac Ruto had been unwell for the past one week due to acute flu which necessitated immediate evacuation from Bomet for thorough medical attention. The doctor’s report indicates that he is on a road to recovery and we expect him to be discharged anytime from today,” the party stated.
“He regrets that he is not able to be with his supporters during this crucial moment of vote counting. He wishes to assure them that he will be back soon. He wishes to thank his family and supporters for their moral support and in a special way thank Amref Flying Doctors for their prompt evacuation response.”
In a live press briefing, Kochei affirmed that the party leader had entrusted his officials to ascertain the conduct and validity of the vote tallying process.
“He highly regrets missing out on this crucial moment of tallying. However, he has entrusted us to handle the matter. He assured the people of Bomet that he is with us during this crucial moment,” the party added.
After the news broke, incumbent Bomet governor, Hillary Barchok, sent a message of quick recovery to his competitor. Barchok vied for the seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.
“Wishing Hon Isaac Ruto a quick recovery. May God’s healing be your portion. See you soon big brother,” he stated.
The Bomet gubernatorial seat attracted three candidates; Ruto, Barchok and former Bomet county Jubilee Chairman, Benard Mutai, who vied under the Amani National Congress Party (ANC).