Kenyans on Labour Day witnessed an exchange between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, for the first time since the difference between the two leaders went public.
On May 1st while addressing Kenyans from the Nyayo Stadium during the Labour Day celebrations, President Uhuru hit out at his deputy who he says has continued criticizing the government without offering solutions.
”Instead of leaders coming together to sort the matter to see how we can solve the matter, they have begun inciting citizens. Am I the person who brought Covid? Did I cause the Russia-Ukraine war? Instead of offering advice on how to improve on my shortcomings as a leader, you are in markets insulting me. Help me reduce the problem, as opposed to pointing an accusing finger,” a visibly agitated President Uhuru said on Sunday while calling on leaders opposed to his administration to approach him and guide him on how to do it better.
However, moments later in a sarcastic response, DP William Ruto took to Twitter to ask President Uhuru Kenyata to discard his new allies and that he was just a phone call away if needed.
“Sorry my boss. I feel your pain. Those you assigned my responsibilities and ‘project’ mzee have let you down miserably. They bangled [sic] our big 4, killed our party and wasted your second term. They are useless. Boss, am available. Just a phone call away. Sadly, last cabinet was 2 years ago. That number Two,” DP Ruto tweeted.
This was the first time the two leaders were publicly going toe to toe and similar public spats will be witnessed in the coming days as President Kenyatta officially begins countrywide campaigning for his preferred candidate (Raila Odinga).