Ruto Opens up on Uhuru Clipping His Powers

  • Deputy President William Ruto walking past his Lexus LX570.
    Deputy President William Ruto walking past his Lexus LX570.
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  • Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday, August 27, addressed reports that he had been locked out of government with the president cutting down his powers.

    Speaking during an interview, the DP confirmed that some of the projects he had been overseeing had been transferred to other officials in the executive.

    "In the first term, I was overseeing many projects in the government - road tarmacking, water projects but in the second term the president saw it fit to do things in a different way," he stated.

    The DP noted that he was not opposed to the president's style of leadership as he was keen on securing his legacy.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to DP William Ruto outside KICC after PG meeting on Monday, June 22.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to DP William Ruto outside KICC after PG meeting on Monday, June 22.
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    "We have agreed with the president that his style of leadership is what we shall follow," Ruto maintained.

    He also acknowledged that he was part of an administration that had been tasked to oversee the implementation of the constitution.

    "In the constitution, the members of the executive - the president, the deputy, and the cabinet secretaries do not sit in Parliament so they are fully devoted to implementing the president's vision," he stated.

    Addressing the disquiet in the Jubilee party, Ruto admitted that indeed the party was going through a tough time which he attributed to certain individuals.

    "We united 12 parties to bring Kenyans together. We have run into trouble because of some deceiving characters who are out to frustrate the members of the party," he conveyed.

    Ruto added that the same thing that is currently happening to the Jubilee Party is what befell the KANU party which locked out a majority of its members from elective positions. 

    The DP's allies were among the casualties in a purge by the party when changes that were effected in house committees on Wednesday, July 15, relegated some of them to less powerful positions.

    Ruto recently responded to the Covid-19 theft at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) noting that he was never involved in the graft scheme while sticking to the sidelining narrative.

    "At least for once it won't be possible to be blamed for what someone said, "started in Wuhan as a virus, landed in Italy as a pandemic and now in Kenya as a multi-billion shilling corruption enterprise".

    "Wacha niendelee kama spectator isorait (let me continue as a spectator, its alright)," stated the Deputy President.

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    Ruto holds his walking stick at an event in his Karen home, Nairobi on August 11, 2020
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