Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has told off President Uhuru Kenyatta that he will not resign, saying he is a man on a mission.
Ruto responded to his boss calls on Monday night, urging him to resign if he is not happy with the government he serves.
Speaking at a burial ceremony in Taita Taveta, Kenya’s Coast, defiant Ruto dismissed resignation calls stating that he is working towards alleviating poverty and unemployment in the country.
“For those who have a problem, I want to ask them for forgiveness and tell them that I am a man on a mission, I have no space to retreat and do not have the luxury of surrendering. I am a man on a mission to ensure that the jobless, small businesspeople and the many struggling farmers become part of our nation,” said Ruto.
While meeting editors in State House, President Kenyatta said it is wrong for his deputy to criticize the government from within.
He accused him of abandoning the government’s agenda of uniting and developing the country and instead focusing on his 2022 presidential ambitions.
“You can’t, on the one hand, say ‘I’m not going,’ and then at the same time ‘I don’t agree.’ You’ve got to decide because you must be principled in that endeavour. So that you don’t confuse people; on the one hand you want to sing the praises of a government, that you’re saying ‘we have done this’ and you want to ride on them, but yet on the other side of your mouth you’re talking another language,” said Kenyatta.
Reports have emerged that Kenyatta prefers former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as his successor, and he is now on a mission to unite Odinga and other opposition leaders like Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, and Gideon Moi.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.