Miguna breaks silence after Uhuru avoided shaking Ruto’s hand during Kibaki funeral service
President Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have snubbed his Deputy William Ruto’s handshake for the second time in a week.
Uhuru accompanied by First Lady Margaret was spotted walking past Ruto at the Nyayo Stadium during the State funeral service of fallen president Mwai Kibaki.
Uhuru and Ruto also did not shake hands when they crossed paths at Parliament buildings to pay their last respects to Kibaki’s body which was lying in State at the time.
Incidentally, Uhuru was spotted shaking hands with all visiting heads of state and dignitaries at Nyayo present at the State funeral.
President Kenyatta was also seen shaking hands with Kibaki family members at Parliament
While reacting to the incident, the exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna said; “To Dr. @WilliamSRuto: Continue EXPOSING despot Uhuru Kenyatta’s primitivity. Extend your hands. Smile broadly. The more despot Uhuru Kenyatta refuses to greet you or shake your extended hands, the more you continue to get sympathy votes and defeat the #project,”
The lack of handshake gesture points to a reported break down in the relationship between the President Kenyatta and his Deputy.
With three months to the August 2022 polls, Uhuru Kenyatta has announced he would support Raila Odinga.
“May God bless Raila, the fifth President of Kenya, to lead the country. I am confident Raila will move the country forward and ensure Kenya is respected globally,” said President Kenyatta at a recent political event.
Meanwhile, Ruto and his allies have consistently hit out at Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing him of corruption among other vices during his tenure.
In the meantime, Deputy President William Ruto has eulogized the late President Mwai Kibaki and described him as the greatest president Kenya ever had.
While delivering his tribute at Nyayo National Stadium during his state funeral, Ruto said Kibaki was a distinguished public servant both in the opposition and government.
“He is a great son of our country. We celebrate his achievements, his contribution and his rich and solid legacy,” Ruto said.
The DP said Kibaki rose from a humble background from the village in Othaya where he tended goats to become a great leader, one that other leaders have learnt a lot from.
“The fourth president of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has learnt a lot from him. Kenyatta has been a good student of president Mwai Kibaki, I know that as his deputy,” Ruto said to a loud applause.
He lauded Kibaki for establishing a firm foundation in education and infrastructure development and for being what he termed an architect of the Kenyan economy.