DP William Ruto, Msambweni MP Feisal Bader and other politicians at the latter's homecoming on December 31, 2020.
DP William Ruto, Msambweni MP Feisal Bader and other politicians at the latter’s homecoming on December 31, 2020/Photo/Courtesy

Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday attended Msambweni MP Feisal Bader’s homecoming party.

Bader was on Tuesday last week sworn-in as a Member of Parliament days after clinching the seat.

The short swearing-in ceremony was presided over by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

Bader, who contested as an independent candidate, trounced ODM candidate Omar Boga after garnering 15,251 votes against Omar’s 10,444.

Bader said he will focus on completing the late MP Suleiman Dori’s agenda.

He said he was grateful for the support of Ruto and his allies had given him.

“The DP stood with me when ODM humiliated me. His close allies like Johnson Muthama, Boni Khalwale, and Hassan Omar have been here with me all through to ensure that I won. I know I can not repay them but will always pray for them,” he said.

The by-election which arose following the death of Dori was seen as a battle between Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Ruto threw his weight behind Bader after the ruling Jubilee Party announced that it would not field a candidate.

Ruto supported Bader as part of a strategy to test his political clout at the Coast.

Shortly after Bader’s victory, Ruto congratulated the MP-elect saying the win cemented the trust in God and the people.

“Democracy and people power has triumphed. Watu was Msambweni Mungu awabariki!” Ruto tweeted.

Meanwhile, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Kandara MP Alice Wahome were among the guests at Bader’s homecoming.