President Kenyatta’s Differences With Ruto Played Out Again During Madaraka Celebrations

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves at members of the public at Uhuru Gardens

Earlier, President Kenyatta met all Cabinet Secretaries at State House, Nairobi and thanked them for their support since he came into office in 2013; this Madaraka Day was his last national event before he leaves office in August 2022

By The Weekly Vision

In what was majorly seen as a protocol hitch, DP William Ruto did not get a chance to speak and invite President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday during the marking of the 59th Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi as has been the normal practice. President Kenyatta took over the programme soon after the entertainment session ended.

He presided over a brief ceremony awarding various Kenyans with State honours for creating far-reaching impact in their fields of specialization. After that, the President requested his speech which was brought alongside his presidential dais. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President (DP) William Ruto’s real or perceived differences then played out in the open. 

He dived into proceedings by recognizing various guests present, among them visiting Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio. Curiously, Uhuru did not recognize the presence of his deputy. He invited Bio to speak before he went straight into his speech. Earlier, President Kenyatta met all Cabinet Secretaries at State House, Nairobi and thanked them for their support since he came into office in 2013; this Madaraka Day was his last national event before he leaves office in August 2022.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you, we have worked well together. It was a pleasure and an honour to have you with us and I am confident that we have laid a firm foundation for those who shall come after to continue a bigger and brighter Kenya from where we have left off. God bless Kenya,” he said. Ruto did not attend the State House meeting after reportedly not being invited, choosing to head straight to Uhuru Gardens.

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