Kanze Dena Explains Ruto's Viral Video at Bomas

  • State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena for the first time talked about a viral video where Deputy President William Ruto was seen outside of a room where President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga were in after BBI report launch at Bomas of Kenya.

    News outlets had reported that DP Ruto was locked out of the meeting between the handshake counterparts. 

    Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, November 5, Kanze dismissed the claims, stating that the video was taken out of context.

    Deputy President William Ruto (left), President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) during the BBI launch on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    She added that the three leaders had converged for a meeting before the DP left first. 

    "I'm surprised that no one captured when the three leaders walked in the room, they held the meeting together to the end, they were waiting to leave together but Ruto decided to leave first," Kanze clarified.

    In the viral video, Ruto was spotted outside the VVIP chambers, where the two were meeting.

    He was captured waiting patiently alongside the Presidential Escort Unit and the head of state's aide-de-camp Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Lekolol.

    Some of the DP's supporters cried foul about how he was treated at the event, with some stating that he was forced to wait and was cleared to leave after Kenyatta's and Odinga's convoys.

    On Thursday, November 28, while speaking with Kenyans.co.ke, former Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale, lashed out at the organizers of the program, stating that they orchestrated a move to frustrate the DP.

    "Where did you ever find a situation whereby the deputy president invites a mere citizen like Khalwale to speak after him? The former PM ni raia (he is just but a common citizen)," the politician protested in reference to Ruto inviting Odinga to speak during the BBI launch.

    "They should have let some people allied to Ruto speak. I want to laud Murkomen for standing the ground. Ruto also rose above the pertinence of the intentions of those people. He remained calm. When asked to speak third last, he did obediently and gave a national reconciliatory speech meant to drive the process forward," Khalwlale opined.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta with DP William Ruto at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of BBI on Wednesday, November 27.