Ruto Ridicules Uhuru's State of the Nation Address

  • A collage of President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and his deputy William Ruto (left)
    A collage of President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and his deputy William Ruto (left)
  • Deputy President Willian Ruto has broken his silence on the State of the Nation of Address that was delivered by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Parliament on Tuesday, November 30.

    While addressing a political rally in Machakos County on Wednesday, November 1, Ruto ridiculed Uhuru’s sentiments on the success of the Big Four agenda projects, claiming that the head of state had admitted the project's failure. 

    According to the DP, the Tuesday speech showed that Uhuru's legacy projects had failed even though the President went to length to praise his administration's success on various issues. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi City County to deliver his 8th State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    "You heard the president yesterday stating that the plans we had for Big Four Agenda faced challenges midway and those challenges were caused by issues that can not be understood," Ruto remarked. 

    The country's second in command went ahead to state that they would ensure that the projects are revamped in 2022. He stated that his government would allocate Ksh100 billion job opportunities for the youth through the projects.

    "In that Big Four, we had put issues to do with youth employment, agriculture, healthcare. I want to assure you that the first thing we will do next year is to put Ksh100 billion on housing, manufacturing, agro-processing, value addition so that we can create employment for these youth,"  the DP stated.

    Additionally, the DP stated the handshake between Uhuru and Raila led to the derailment of the development agenda of the Jubilee government.

    However, in his address to the nation, Uhuru praised the Big Four Agenda stating that his administration had achieved great strides in its implementation. He added that some of the projects had received international recognition.

    "My administration has been consistently working to fulfill by investing in health facilities, medical equipment, and human resources for health. Our success in this arena has been, lauded internationally.

    “The Affordable Housing Programme has over the last four years; besides offering a decent roof over many more heads, spurred an increase in investments in the housing sector amounting to Ksh. 2.12 Trillion. These investments have yielded over 186,000 housing units; a remarkable 43% increase of housing units compared to the period 2013-2017,” Uhuru stated.

    The sentiments by Ruto come after leaders allied to him criticised the president for his speech with many of the leaders stating that the speech was long and with details of projects that Jubilee had done in its first administration.

    “Parliament should pass a law to set the maximum time that future Presidents will take in the State of the Nation Address. Like Winston Churchill said “a good speech should be like a woman’s skirt,” Senator Kipchimba Murkomen tweeted.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at a past event in 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at a past event in 2020.