Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto is expected to attend today’s national prayer breakfast at Parliament buildings amid bitter fallout with his boss.
The ODM party leader Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) have also been invited. Legislators, Senators and a section of clerics, among other leaders, are expected to grace the annual event to pray for the nation.
Since the year began President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy have met twice. The first meeting was on February during the burial of former minister Simeon Nyachae and February 25 during a Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi.
Today’s event is set to bring the two rivals together should Ruto attend. The second in command in the past skipped key state events claiming there were no invitations.
“From my point of view, I do not think there are personal differences between the President and the Deputy President. A day in politics is too long, and we pray and hope that our leaders will see the sense to unite for the sake of the nation,” said MP Daniel Maanzo who co-chairs the prayer committee.
Mr. Maanzo called on the duo to repent and reconcile to heal the nation.
“We have invited both the President and Deputy President, among other leaders. We have speakers and ministers of God who will speak to us, and it is our hope that at the end of the prayers, we will see genuine forgiveness,” he added.
Recently, Ruto celebrated the High Court ruling that stopped the push to amend the country’s Constitution popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), spearheaded by his boss and his handshake brother Raila Odinga.
“There is GOD in heaven who loves kenya immeasurably. May GOD’S name be PRAISED forever,” Ruto tweeted.
The President have filed an application against the May 13 ruling.