Quit if you are not happy, Kenyatta tells Ruto
President Uhuru Kenyatta has dared his deputy William Ruto to resign instead of sabotaging the government he serves.
Speaking to Citizen Television on Monday, Kenya’s Head of State accused Ruto of prioritizing his presidential bid at the expense of the government’s development projects.
He noted his deputy is confusing people by talking ills of the same government that he is in.
“Ruto is trying to create a base for future politics, which is his right but the manner he is doing it in is unfortunate, by going against the same government is wrong,” said Kenyatta.
“I have an agenda that I was elected on, and that work must continue, and it would be the honourable thing that if you’re not happy with it that you would actually step aside and allow those who want to move on, and then take your agenda to the people, which is what happens in any normal democracy because you can’t have your cake and eat it.
“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,” he added.
On why the second in command is being sidelined when it comes to meetings with other leaders, the president said he has been against the unity agenda since March 9, 2018, Handshake with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
“DP Ruto has been opposed to the process. You cannot bring someone who is opposed and does not want to see things happen on board. You cannot force something down someone’s throat,” noted Kenyatta.
Kenyatta and Ruto had not been reading from the same script since their re-election in 2017, and the political truce between the former and Odinga is said to be the cause.
The latter has since formed his political party, United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which he will use to vie for the presidency next year.©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.