Reason Uhuru & Ruto Briefly Walked Out on Joho's Speech

  • During the Mashujaa Day celebrations that took place on Sunday, October 20 in Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto stepped aside for brief chat while Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, was making his speech.

    People Daily on Tuesday, October 22, reported that the head of state and his deputy walked behind the dais for a discussion. 

    The publication stated that the two agreed not to talk about politics when delivering their speeches.

    Further, it has now emerged that there was a plot to heckle the DP if he opposed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in his speech.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (L), First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (C) and Deputy President William Ruto pictured during the Mashujaa day celebrations, October 20, 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (L), First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (C) and Deputy President William Ruto pictured during the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, 2019

    A group of youth who had been hired to heckle the DP were chased from the venue by security officers.

    Uhuru opted to use his time on the podium to applaud the various men and women who went out of their way to ensure that justice was served, terming them as the country's real heroes.

    "They are the investigators and prosecutors who brave intimidation and reject inducements so as to bring the corrupt and other criminals to face justice," the president stated during his address.

    His deputy, on the other hand, took to the podium and emphasized the need to shun divisive politics that fostered ethnicity.

    Governor Joho had tried to bait him by openly asking him to embrace the spirit of the handshake deal as he welcomed him to the podium, but the DP Ruto simply sidestepped the entire topic.

    "Nikiwa namkaribisha mheshimiwa naibu wa Rais, na pia namkaribisha aje aunge mkono mambo ya handshake, loosely translating to, as I welcome his excellency the deputy president, I also urge him to embrace the handshake deal and its projects," Joho stated as he welcomed DP Ruto to address the public.

    Deputy President William Ruto (L) and ODM party leader Raila Odinga shake hands during Mashujaa day celebrations, October 20, 2019
    Deputy President William Ruto (L) and ODM party leader Raila Odinga shake hands during Mashujaa day celebrations, October 20, 2019