(President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his Deputy William Ruto during their separate speeches at the Bomas of Kenya. GRAPHICS/SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS)
After months and months of political tension between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his charismatic Deputy William Ruto, the head of state has finally explained their recent differences.
Speaking on Monday 26th of October, 2022 during BBI report the launch of the BBI launch at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, President Uhuru hilariously mocked the DP’s early presidential campaigns while deserting his duties to assist him in delivering the Jubilee manifesto.
“Hii race ni kama relay. Unashika kijiti, unangojea mwingine pale mbele. Lakini ndugu yangu William amepinduka anakujia kijiti mbio badala angojee. Hii mambo ni mos mos Ruto – This leadership is like a relay race; you pick the button and hand to the other runner ahead of you, but by brother William was really coming for the button so fast… these things should be done slowly,” said the president in an apparent jibe at Ruto’s early campaigns.
“Instead of running towards the finish line, he has been running backwards.”
President Uhuru, who was celebrating his 59th birthday, continued to decry Ruto’s early campaigns, saying they affected their service delivery to the people.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected the fourth president of the Republic of Kenya on a joint ticket with William Ruto during the 2013 TNA-URP alliance against Raila Odinga’s CORD coalition.
The duo then merged their parties to form the Jubilee Party to defend their seats five years later.
However, the two fell out in March 2018 during a handshake with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The dramatic handshake reportedly shook the Ruto camp, forcing the DP to go all out against his Boss.
Ruto and his foot soldiers have consequently opposed the hand-shake, saying it sidelined other leaders.
Sources privy to the developments have indicated how serious the fall out between the two is that the President replaced Ruto with Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i in supervising the pending government projects across.
Even at the Bomas of Kenya today, the DP still openly punched holes in the BBI report, watering down the recommendations to tame the winner-take-it-all which gives the President powers to appoint and fire the Prime Minister and his or her Deputies at will.
The DP’s criticism however, did not go unchecked as a section of the audience heckled him for the better part of his speech before paving way for the President to address the gathering.
Interesting politics they say? Time will tell.