A trip by Kenya’s Deputy President Dr. William Ruto to London on Thursday to meet Kenyans in diaspora was interrupted early today forcing the DP to fly back to Kenya.
The underfire DP had been scheduled to meet Kenyans at a London auditorium but the event was cancelled in the last minute.
Wakajuanes.Com understands that the Kenyan High Commission to UK had scheduled a cocktail for Friday at 1830hrs.
The session was to be one and a half-hours long with Dr. Ruto expected to interact with Kenyans in London.
However, those who had signed up for the meet through Eventbrite, an event management and ticketing website, received an alert on Thursday notifying them of the cancellation.
“Good evening, Thank you for registering to attend the Cocktail to be hosted by H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, PhD, EGH, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, scheduled for Friday 8th February 2019 from 1830hrs to 2000hrs in London. However, due to unavoidable circumstances, the event will not take place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused,” the Kenya High Commission told those who had registered,” the notice reads.
It was later revealed by Dr. Ruto’s communication team that he was forced to return to Kenya to avoid both the President and his Deputy being out of the country at the same time.
“He’s coming back; President leaves for Ethiopia morning Saturday so he can’t be away,” Dr. Ruto’s Communication Secretary David Mugonyi told Citizen Digital on phone.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to travel to Ethiopia for the 32nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government.
Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma has already arrived in Ethiopia ahead of the President.
The working relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy have recently been questionable with the former shocking they country when he appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i to supervise cabinet projects, the duties the DP was carrying.
However, political pundits have read nothing between the lines following the two trips, saying it was nothing to do with undermining the DP’s London trip.
This is not the first time the issue of having both the president and his deputy out of the country at the same time is emerging.
After the 2013 general election where the dual had been suspiciously elected albeit being indictees at the ICC, president Uhuru Kenyatta had to briefly hand over power to the then URP leader as he left for The Hague where he was facing charges of War crime following the unforgettable 2007/2008 Post Election Violence that saw 1,166 people hacked to death and more than 600,000 others internally displaced.
Uhuru later returned to Kenya and ‘repossessed’ his power.