Ruto Breaks Silence After Snubbing Uhuru Event

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto share a light moment at State House Nairobi
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto share a light moment at State House Nairobi
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  • Deputy President William Ruto has broken his silence after snubbing President Uhuru Kenyatta event at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) on Wednesday, November 25.

    In a statement, the DP assured his supporters that his movement still stood a chance at getting consensus for a non-divisive referendum.

    "Even with the signature launch there is still a real chance at consensus for a non-divisive referendum that will give kenyans the opportunity to express themselves without an us vs them, win vs lose contest.

    "Unity is the strength needed to fight Covid-19 and organise the economy," he stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the Constitution Of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 signature drive at KICC on November 25, 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the Constitution Of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 signature drive at KICC on November 25, 2020
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    Ruto skipped the event even though the organisers had saved him a seat at the dais next to the Head of State. 

    His name, however, was also conspicuously missing from the programme list at the event which was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    After Uhuru's speech, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen cautioned him of his government after the president conceded that he did not know about Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti's plan to revive Post-Election Violence (PEV).

    "The President said he learnt about DCI Kinoti’s PEV press conference by reading newspapers. Either the deep state is deeper than the President or the system is running a parallel government.

    "If only ‘kurukwa" (being double-crossed) was a human being. A lesson for all public servants," stated Murkomen.

    Uhuru made changes to the BBI document including the decision to delete a proposal that recommended the permanent transfer of major functions of the county government to the national government. 

    The amendment bill also dropped the recommendation to reorganise the police service to form a Police Council under the command of the Cabinet Minister for Interior. 

    The final bill, however, omitted the initial suggestion and instead restructured the National Police Service. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga during the launch of the referendum Bill and national signature collection drive on Wednesday, November 25.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga during the launch of the referendum Bill and national signature collection drive on Wednesday, November 25.
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