‘If I were the President, I would not allow my Deputy to be humiliated the way I have been humiliated,’ the statement made by Deputy President William Ruto that reiterated what many Kenyans, even the politically illiterate have suspected for a while- that there’s no love lost between the digital duo
In quite clear terms, the DP admitted that President Uhuru Kenyatta no longer takes his advice when it comes to the government he helped form.
Ruto revealed that after the 2017 General Election, President Kenyatta began to ‘cohabit’ himself with a new cadre of advisers on a myriad of social-economic and political issues in the country including succession battle.
However, Dr. Ruto said President Kenyatta remains his good friend “having been through a lot and done many things together”.
He claimed there has been a series of attempts to have him resign as DP including budgetary cuts to his office, disciplinary action targeted at his allies in Jubilee.
But he was adamant that he will stay as Uhuru’s Principal Assistant to the end. However, should Jubilee party leadership push him out ahead of the next General Election, he will take refuge in the UDA party, which is an affiliate of Jubilee.
This he averred during an Interview with Citizen TV,
“It is in the public domain that I have challenges working with my boss. We worked as a pair in 2017 and conducted government business together,” said Ruto.
He added: “Even if he does not support me for the presidency in 2022, I will take no offense.”
“It became problematic to some people in Jubilee when I started launching government projects. But they forgot that I had not changed my approach since 2013 and the President knew my style (of politics),” said Ruto.
“I believe with good leadership we can transform the hustlers…drive small micro-enterprises..that is where mama mboga, boda boda… everyone talks about them because we have changed the conversation to be about ordinary people,” he said in his defense of the Hustler slogan.