The race to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta is still gaining momentum as two strong presidential aspirants, Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto as readying themselves to climb the top house on the land.
However, as further as August General elections is near, President Uhuru Kenyatta has already shown the Kenyans which side he will be supporting to win presidential election.
The move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to endorse and support Raila’s presidency has caught his Deputy with a lot of surprise.
Deputy President Dr William Ruto on Sunday 20th lamented that President Uhuru Kenyatta wrongly judged him as someone who could not protect his interests after leaving the office.
Speaking in Murang’a County where he took his Kenya Kwanza Alliance to rally and seek support in August 9th General elections, Dr Ruto said that President Uhuru Kenyatta is his friend and there was no way he could betray that friendship even when he retires
“We been through many challenges together including facing the International Criminal Court (ICC) with him…We faced Mr Raila Odinga opposition together in 2002, 2013 and twice in 2017.
I also consider myself to be his friend. It was a mistake to alienate me for Mr Odinga,” he said.
“My greatest shock was that, even if he felt I was not fit to succeed him, certainly by settling on Mr Odinga who had so far given us all sorts of political problems was the epitome of fine betrayal,” he said.
However, his brigade led by Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia Mudavadi accused President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government of excluding Dr Ruto from his constitutional duties.
“The systematic alienation of Dr Ruto from seat of power was for purposes of consolidating economic opportunities to an exclusive club. They have borrowed Sh8 trillion and intending to go on until they hit Sh12 trillion by August 9. That is money that has gone to selected few but which will be paid for with interest by all of us,” he said.
“These people around the president calling others thieves are the true reflection of how thieves look like both by birth, occupation and practice.” He added.
Dr Ruto promised to use his bottom up economic approach to capture economic exclusivity and hand it over to Kenyans where all will enjoy equal opportunity.
“My government will ensure that tenders can be bided for and won competitively, export and import licences be liberalized and taxation brackets be commensurate with earnings. Above all, we will ensure indigenous companies are protected from unfair competition by multinationals,” he said.