William Ruto made an impromptu landing in a village in Samburu. He met Lelaki Leriano who had no idea he was the DP and asked him to send message to “himself”. Lelaki said they were praying for him and he should give them back their firearms to protect their animals. When asked who the president of Kenya is, the man said Saitoti and even refused to take the DP’s money
A man from Samburu county has left Deputy President William Ruto perplexed after he refused to take his money and instead asked him to deliver a message to “himself” in Nairobi.
This was during the DP’s recent tour of the region when he made an impromptu landing in one of the villages in Samburu where he met an uniformed man identified as Lelaki Leriano.
Going by a Facebook post by State House digital strategist, Dennis Itumbi, the DP was surprised that Lelaki had no idea he had met the famous number two in government and the only thing the man wanted was to have the DP deliver his message to William Ruto. “Naweza kuwatuma Nairobi?” (Can I send you to Nairobi?),” Lelaki asked the DP. “Haina shida, kama ni kitu tunaweza fanya, tutafanya. Lakini si Kwanza utuambie Jina yako,” (Yeah sure, if that is something we can do then we will do it but first tell us your name), replied the DP.
The man identified himself as Lelaki before he shoved out his national identity card and handed it over to Ruto.
When asked what message he wanted to send, he said “Endeni muambie huyo mkubwa mmeleta atafute mtu anaitwa Ruto. Muambie yeye tunamwombea sana.” Translated as tell whoever you have brought here to go tell Ruto we are praying for him. Curious that the man did not know he was talking with Ruto himself, the DP teased him to clarify who Ruto was.
The poor villager only said he (the DP) is just a normal human being in Nairobi who they have heard he wants to be president. When asked who the president was, the man said Kenya’s head of state is Saitoti but the DP was quick to correct him that the President is Uhuru Kenyatta. “Oouh yeah…Kenyatta. But please don’t forget to tell Ruto what I have said…tell him we are praying for him and he should give us back our rifles to take care of our cattle,” he said.
Then Ruto reached out to his pocket and got some money to give him but the villager refused. No, I don’t want your money, you go deliver my message. I should be the one to pay you for sending you,” Lelaki said in Swahili.
The DP and his team left the village and went to nearby Marsabit county where he was heading for a public function. Some Kenyans who commented on the post cast doubt on the story with others indicating it may be propaganda well choreographed by Itumbi to advance Ruto’s political agenda.
However, it was not the first time DP made such impromptu landing in the village. He once landed in the vast sleepy villages of Turkana county in May 2019.