Ruto: I will Restore Port Operations To Mombasa

The Deputy President accused his rival Raila Odinga of deception, claiming that the handshake between the ODM leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta has shrunk the country's economy.

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate William Ruto has pledged to restore all port operations to the port city of Mombasa, should he be elected President.

Ruto stated during a campaign rally at the Tononoka grounds in Mombasa that the relocation of port operations to Naivasha has resulted in unemployment in the coastal region.

The Deputy President accused his rival Raila Odinga of deception, claiming that the handshake between the ODM leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta has shrunk the country’s economy.

“On 10th August, 2022 if elected President, I will sign an executive order to return port operations in Mombasa so that the over 7,000 youths continue benefitting from the operations,” he said

“The handshake undermined the Big 4 Agenda. We waste a whole term where we had a good plan on matters of employment for young people, manufacturing, housing, enhancing agriculture and food security,” he stated

At the same time, Ruto reiterated his desire to resolve land issues in the region, promising to buy land from absentee landlords and settle squatters.

“We have very many squatters in the Coast region. We will set aside money to buy 1million acres of land from absentee landlords and issue title deeds to the residents,” the DP said.

He rallied support for UDA candidates such as Mombasa gubernatorial candidate Hassan Omar and regional MPs.

Earlier, Ruto led Kenya Kwanza campaigns in Makueni County, urging supporters to turn out and vote in large numbers next Tuesday.

Among those accompanying the DP were ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua among other leaders.