Deputy President William Ruto skipped President Uhuru Kenyatta’s address to the nation on May 23 at State House and instead hosted Muslim leaders in a parallel meeting at his Karen home.
Distributing gifts to Muslim leaders for the vulnerable community in various Mosques in preparation for the celebration of the end of the fasting period, Karen Office, Nairobi County. pic.twitter.com/ld3bqwbjdk
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) May 23, 2020
“On this last day in this year’s Holy Month of Ramadan, we salute the remarkable spiritual sacrifice our Muslim brothers and sisters have made by praying for Kenya as we battle the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“May Allah opens the doors of blessings and joy to you and the country as the marking of Eid al-Fitr approaches.
”At State House, President Uhuru was accompanied by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i among other government officials.
In the previous addresses to the nation, the DP always accompanied the President during such functions.
The snub could be as a result of the ongoing wrangles in the ruling Jubilee Party which has seen the DP’s allies ousted from various Senate leadership positions.
This could be a confirmation that indeed the relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy are all-time low.
Jubilee Party National Vice Chairman David Murathe yesterday claimed that the political differences between the two leaders are irreconcilable.
Murathe claimed that DP Ruto had openly dared his boss during a recent Senate PG meeting at State House.
“It is not a secret, the DP whipped senators not to attend the PG called by his boss. That is the height of disrespect. It is more than defiance, it is a threat to the President,” said Murathe.
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