The simmering tension between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto is nearing boiling point with President Uhuru accusing his deputy of jeopardizing the quest for Country’s unity.
Speaking with Citizen Television yesterday President Uhuru said that the move by his deputy create rift among Kenyans has largely resulted into him being left out in a number of meetings between him and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Uhuru continued that it would be of no use to incorporate DP Ruto in his unity meetings, adding that DP Ruto has always been opposed to the unity agenda as is outlined in the Building Bridges Innitiative (BBI).
“DP Ruto has been opposed to the process. You cannot bring someone who is opposed and does not want to see things happen on board. You cannot force something down someone’s throat,” Uhuru stated.
During the interview, President Uhuru dismissed the allegations that he has been burning the midnight oil to see to the his deputy did not succeed him ahead of the 2022 polls.
He also refuted the claim that his recent meetings with the One Kenya Alliance Principals and the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been to choose his successor.
President Uhuru has so far held two crucial meetings with Raila and the OKA co-principals including Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), and Senator Gideon Moi (KANU).
This comes just weeks after the ODM leader had recently dismissed that his meetings with the head of state were mere holidaying and not to pick on future leaders as was purported.
“If I and President Uhuru have anything to announce, we will announce, but for now there is nothing to announce. We met but were just chatting up…nothing more,” said Raila on August 8.
President Kenyatta also had issues with the manner in which his Deputy was playing his politics, as though contradicting the government for which he is part.
“Ruto is trying to create a base for future politics, which is his right but the manner he is doing it in is unfortunate, by going against the same government is wrong. What we are trying to achieve with BBI is what brought him and I together,” noted the President.
He also dared the second in command to take his democracy to the next level by stepping aside and letting those who can move on to do so.
“If you are not happy, step aside and allow those who want to move on do so, then take your agenda to the people. That is what happens in democracy, you cannot ride on what we have done and talk a different language on the side.”