Supporters of the "Hustler Nation" in Kisumu have issued a special plea to Deputy President William Ruto regarding their leadership.

The appeal by theĀ Hustler Nation Kisumu chapter comes after the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) secretariat appointed Eliud Owalo as the Nyanza Coordinator.

The team rejected Owalo's appointment raising a series of issues as to why the former ANC man is not the one for them.

Deputy President William Ruto with Eliud Owalo at his Karen residence on September 14, 2020. |Courtesy| DPPS|

They accused Owalo of not being consultative and being very arrogant.

"Many members rejected him way back before because of self-interest. He is bringing in his cronies and trying to elbow out genuine pioneers of this project.

"He is also positioning his people to strategically con the DP. He is only known as a social media politician and cannot do any serious mobilization," Christopher Otieno, a member of the Kisumu chapter stated.

"We demand to work with only one founder member, Mr Oscar Sudi," he added.

The members alleged that Sudi is an original founder of party and understands its mandate, adding that they had visited the MP at his Kapseret home.

They demanded that they be given a new regional coordinator who is not from Nyanza, declaring preference for one from the Rift Valley.

"If the structure of the party is that we have a regional coordinator who can link the grassroots to the party, we are appealing to the party headquarter to give us somebody not from Nyanza, but from the Rift Valley because they are going to be the direct beneficiaries of what we are doing," another member stated.

"Owalo has slowed us down. He is the person that has hampered our movement," he added.

They maintained that they sole goal is to have DP Ruto elected as the fifth president of the country, but alleged that Owalo was an impediment.

They accused Owalo of bringing in people who do not understand the Hustler movement's core, and are old.