Calls by the clergy to have President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto bury the hatchet and reconcile may not yield much, even as details emerge of how deep the differences between the two former friends are.
Speaking at his Karen residence in Nairobi, the deputy president said he was willing to respond to the clergy’s call of reconciliation with Uhuru and was issuing no conditions.
”I am ready, the bishops have said they want to put us together with the president, I am ready to do that in the morning without conditions because I respect the president he is my boss,” said Ruto on Thursday.
Reports from allies of the president disclose the differences are so deep, that at one time the two leaders exchanged bitter text messages, some of which were seen by their close associates.
”From the messages that I was shown, the differences between the two are personal and very deep. It will take a miracle for them to be ironed out,” one source told a local publication.
After the March 2018 truce with ODM leader Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta came under intense attacks from allies of the DP, who accused him of betraying Ruto by reaching out to the opposition leader.
According to Igembe South MP Maoka Maore, the clergy are hypocrites who have been offering a platform for Ruto and his allies in UDA, to attack and disrespect the president.
”Where were the bishops when the deputy terrorized the President in 2018-19 when we started the Kieleweke team to ease the onslaught? Now that the mask/deception is so exposed, the clergy shows up! Very strange fellows. Return to sender. There has been insurrection and incitement in Mt Kenya against the President. The clergy were busy creating the forums,” the Deputy Minority whip says.
Kenyans now wait to see if President Uhuru will take his DP’s invitation to the table or he will stay on course with current economic and political agenda.