The animosity between Deputy President William Ruto and his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta escalated on Thursday when the former said he was the country’s second in command and knew what he was promising to the youth. Affirming his commitment to the bottom-up and hustler nation politics, DP Ruto said the president was accusing him of empowering hustlers and declining to join hands with the rich.
”I am the Deputy President and I know what I am promising. There are people who are used to taking us for a ride. They are now accusing me of empowering the hustlers and that I have declined to team up with the top political class,” DP Ruto said during the final leg of his two-day campaign tour of Machakos county.
”We have been there before where the economy of the country is discussed at the high level by wealthy men, big companies in a trickle-down model,” he added while pouring cold water on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Nakuru remarks.
Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday while conferring the town a city status, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in leadership, wisdom comes with age, something which some speculated to be an indirect campaign for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, who was also present at the event.
Raila Odinga, 76, is expected to face off against Deputy President William Ruto, 54, in the 2022 presidential election.
”I would compare leadership to a marathon, not sprint or a football match [that ends in 90 minutes]. Leadership needs wisdom, which is mostly brought about by age. There are politicians who bank on the popularity that stem from incitement; they believe that the more hatred you spew against certain candidates, the higher are your chances of winning an elective seat,” the president said.