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Kabogo now wants Ruiru stadium renamed after DP Ruto

A proposal by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo to rename Ruiru Stadium to William Samoei Ruto has been received with mixed reaction by area residents even as elected leaders chose to be silent.

Mr Kabogo on Sunday asked Ruiru residents to agree to the name change and challenged Deputy President Ruto to help equip the stadium once it is completed.

Elijah Waweru, the director of a talent academy based in Ruiru, welcomed the move saying it was a good way of expressing gratitude towards the support that DP William Ruto has demonstrated towards the Jubilee government.

“The DP has been a key player in the fulfillment of the Jubilee agenda. He is also a key force in unifying Kenyans and can thus be considered as a symbol of unity among Kenyans and its future generations,” said Mr Waweru.

Francis Ngugi, chairman of Ruiru roundabout motorbike group, however, is of the opinion that the DP is neither a hero nor a contributor towards the development of the stadium and thus not suitable to be given that honour.


“I am against it, this is a political move by the governor to endear himself towards the Deputy President. Social amenities should only be named after heroes and heroines,” said Mr Ngugi.

Wilson Kamau, a resident, also felt the stadium should only be named after someone who has made a major contribution to towards development of the town.

He was, however, quick to point out that Ruto is a charismatic leader but his name should not be used by the governor to fetch himself political mileage.

“The governor made a careless utterance against DP Ruto. It’s high time that we as Ruiru residents realised that the era of naming projects after individuals for selfish gain is gone,” said Mr Kamau.

Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo and Nominated Cord MP Isaac Mwaura, who is currently seeking to unseat Ms Gathogo, opted to steer clear of the matter saying the issue is too sensitive to comment about.