Gladys Shollei Eats Humble Pie, Backs Ruto After Being Heckled in Eldoret Town

Uasin Gishu County Woman Representative Gladys Shollei has changed tune now pledging to support Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.

The Woman Rep from Ruto’s own County for the past few months had ruffled political feathers in Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard over her leadership style.

Unlike other leaders from the region who have been known for their sycophancy, the former Judiciary registrar has instead opted to carry out her mandate silently at the grassroots, away from the public limelight.

Her approach, which includes skipping public functions, has brought her under fire from some leaders allied to the DP. She had been categorical that she will not play populist politics.

“I am not anybody’s flower girl who advertises herself so as to be seen. My style of leadership is different,” she had recently stated.

“I respect all leaders, including those in Uasin Gishu, but I will not attend meetings without a clear purpose. I cannot afford to waste time,” added Ms Shollei.

She said she will always do what she believes is useful to the people and will not “sell my soul” just to please people or get re-elected.

However, the lawmaker found herself in trouble on Sunday when she was booed by some Eldoret residents as she gave a speech during the Eldoret City Marathon.

The charged crowd took issue after Ms Shollei distanced herself from factions in the Jubilee Party — “Tanga Tanga”, “Kieleweke” and “Handshake”.

“You will never see me in Tanga Tanga or Kieleweke movements functions. This is because I believe in development and not politics. That is why you don’t see me moving around with them,” said Ms Shollei, amid jeers from the locals.

She braved the jeers and proceeded with her speech. Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno intervened and pleaded with the crowd to cool down.

She has disagreed with her Rift Valley colleagues in the National Assembly and Senate who have complained that President Kenyatta has side-lined his deputy after the handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

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