President Uhuru Kenyatta met with his deputy William Ruto for only the second time this year under the backdrop of a raging cold war that is rocking the ruling Jubilee party. The two men appeared to put on brave faces as they congregated for the 18th Annual National prayers at parliament.
Even as the once close allies exchanged elbows in greeting, it was clear that there was no love lost between them! No usual light humour and hearty laughter that the president often shared with his deputy during 2013-2017 campaigns. The elbow greeting seemed as cold as the current low temperatures in Nairobi!
The cold war between President Uhuru and his deputy was clearly not a subject for prayers at the function! Ruto has been missing out in several government events with the latest being the launch of the Lamu Port
The loud absence of opposition leader Raila Odinga and his ODM luminaries did little to comfort Uhuru as he shared the table with his deputy. The two former close allies have in the last 3 years drifted apart and may never mend fances before Uhuru leaves power in 2022.
Uhuru has been accused by Ruto’s allies of “shortchanging” his deputy despite the latter’s pivotal support without which he would not have won the 2013-2017 closely contested presidential elections. Uhuru’s elevation of his blue-eyed combative Mr Fix it, Fred Mataingi, the interior cabinet secretary is seen as the ultimate “betrayal”! Mataingi who now chairs a cabinet inter-ministerial committee on the implementation of government projects is viewed as a direct snub at the DP leaving him an “empty shell”.
Ruto has accused the “deep state and system” ‘of burning the midnight oil to stop his presidential quest because his father was a “nobody”! He accuses “dynasties” read Kenyatta, Moi, Odinga, and Mudavadi who all stepped in their father shoes, of re-grouping into Kenya’s number one super alliance to stop him in 2022! The opposition brigade has roundly barracked Ruto accusing him of overnight riches from “corrupt state deals.”
The cold war between President Uhuru and his deputy was clearly not a subject for prayers at the function! Ruto has been missing out in several government events with the latest being the launch of the Lamu Port.
During the recent 2-day state visit of Tanzania’s president M/S Samia Suluhu, Ruto was nowhere near state functions. Uhuru and Ruto looked clearly uneasy as they studiously followed happenings at the prayers.
The session began with a prayer from Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka followed by a prayer for national leadership Senator Rose Nyamunga. Newly appointed Chief Justice Martha Koome led a prayer for families and the children of Kenya
Also in attendance were members of parliament, heads of Judiciary and Legislature. Others were former vice presidents- Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi. The leaders urged Kenyans to reflect and pray for the country amid tough economic times worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The session began with a prayer from Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka followed by a prayer for national leadership Senator Rose Nyamunga. Newly appointed Chief Justice Martha Koome led a prayer for families and the children of Kenya.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe spoke on the national status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Peter Waiyaki spoke about ‘a hopeful future’ before inviting the deputy president to deliver his speech and welcome the president to speak.
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