It is a known tradition that whenever the president leaves for an international engagement abroad,top state officials, including the Deputy President and heads of national security see him off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.However,things were different this time round as the Deputy President William Ruto was a no show. Uhuru also left the country on Tuesday night without any official communication from the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) on his itinerary.
It is worth noting that before Jubilee infighting,DP Ruto was always prompt at JKIA to see off President Uhuru as a sign of being in charge when the head of state is away.However,things have dramatically changed over the past few months as a result of the thawing relationship between the two leaders.
It emerges,the presidents departure was not posted on State House social media accounts because of elements within State House,who have pledged allegiance to the DP.The team which forms part of the communications wing is not in good terms with the head of state over his perceived ‘intimidation’ of DP Ruto.
Separately,President Uhuru and AU High Representative for Infrastructure Raila Odinga are expected to hold meetings with several world leaders at the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) forum today.The two are expected to lobby for funds for extension of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Kisumu. The estimated cost of the project is Sh380 billion.