A furious President Uhuru Kenyatta had the previous day dared his deputy to resign immediately and stop fighting his government from within
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed calls by President Uhuru Kenyatta who asked him to step down instead of criticising the government from within. The DP spoke a day after the remarks made by the president, saying that he is a man “on a mission” with “no room for retreat or surrender.”
“I’m a man on a mission. I have no space to retreat nor the luxury to surrender,” Ruto said following President Kenyatta’s remarks during a meeting with Editors at his office in State House.
A furious President Uhuru Kenyatta had the previous day dared his deputy to resign immediately and stop fighting his government from within. Breaking his silence since the court of appeal threw out the BBI motion to amend the 2010 constitution, a visibly angry president accused his deputy of all along “fighting” his government from within on a Live TV interview.
A bitter Uhuru with less than a year in office seems to be running out of options as he fashions a political alliance, which he believes will protect family interests when he is out of office
President Uhuru said his deputy should have long quit since he was opposed to government projects yet still serving as number two. DP Ruto has since praised judges for throwing out the BBI saying it was a “very bad” law that would have returned an “imperial presidency.”
A bitter Uhuru with less than a year in office seems to be running out of options as he fashions a political alliance, which he believes will protect family interests when he is out of office. The Kenyatta’s are among Africa’s richest political families.
After the disappointing court ruling, an enraged president, according to state house sources, switched off all phones and remained isolated not talking to anyone. Even a call from his handshake partner Raila Odinga found a “busy signal” a clear pointer to how bad things had gone in the corridors of power.
A chest-thumping Odinga has over the last three weeks kept bragging of a favourable outcome from the courts saying “no one can stop reggae” Instead the former PM and a four-time presidential contender has been forced to eat humble pie and has been stunned by the courts.
Even as Uhuru schedules yet another meeting designed to unite the One Kenya Alliance, he is aware of the grim task ahead. All former NASA co-principals have stuck to their guns with hardliners urging them not to budge an inch. Yet Kenyatta who is said to have an (MOU) with Odinga is pushing for what now looks like a herculean task indeed.
The court has only further muddied the waters on the Uhuru succession race with major key players now returning to the drawing board. The President was at pains explaining on a Live TV interview that he had no intention of prolonging his stay in office, that he remains Kenya’s most harassed president ever!
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