Ruto Skips Uhuru's Function, Holds Parallel Event in Same Area

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's cold war took a new twist after the two scheduled to attend different church functions in Murang'a county on the same day. Kenyatta's event was planned in early 2019, with reports of Ruto's function picking wind in November 2019. 

    According to a report by Daily Nation, Kenyatta will be at ACK church in Kenol, Maragua constituency while Ruto will be at Kandara constituency, an area legislated by Inua Mama chairperson Alice Wahome on Sunday, November 10. 

    The daily further indicated that Murang'a Governor, Mwangi wa Iria, and his Senator Irungu Kang'ata confirmed that they received official communication from State House that Kenyatta. 

    Deputy President William Ruto with Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria at the DP's Karen office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend a church function in his county on Sunday, November 10.

    "We talked with the President on phone and he has reassured me that he will be in Murang’a, although briefly in order to attend to other matters
    . I invited the President in early 2019 while we were in State House with Bishop Karanu

    "We had gone there to receive a school bus for Mukangu Secondary School. I have received the official communication from State House," the governor asserted. 

    Maragua MP Mary Wathira, a Ruto ally, stated that she would attend Kenyatta's event as it was in her jurisdiction.

    “It’s true that both leaders will be in Murang’a but I will be hosting the President and so I won’t make it to Kandara. The President and the Deputy President were invited separately and without knowledge aforethought," Wathira stated.

    Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi asserted that Ruto will worship in Kandara. 

    "The Deputy President will be in Gichugu for a fundraiser and in the afternoon he will be visiting Kandara for another event," Itumbi stated. 

    According to the outlet, State House spokesperson Kanze Dena declined to confirm that the two leaders will attend separate events. 

    Kandara MP Alice Wahome (c) at an Inua Mama event on Friday, November 8 in Bungoma County. Wahome is expected to host Ruto in Kandara on Sunday, November 10, 2019