William Ruto now says that he feels feels compelled by his boss president Kenyatta. Ruto hints that after 2017 Elections, his boss stopped consulting him and surrounded himself with other people and now him as the Deputy says he has been forgotten. The political marriage between Ruto and Uhuru became more unstable after the 2018 handshake with Odinga.
All along DP Ruto was insisting that the political marriage between the two of them remained strong. "It is well known that I have a career challenge with my boss President Uhuru Kenyatta. Indeed, we worked together in 2017 and continued with government activities together unlike what is currently being witnessed. But even if he does not support the 2022 presidency, I will not be angry," Taifa Leo newspaper highlights Ruto's remarks.
Ruto admitted that he had been worried about the office, including budget cuts and internal harassment, but insisted, he says he would not be able to leave the Jubilee Party. According to him, the misery he is facing is intended to make him move on, but he will only move during the next election if it continues, and he will join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Despite this, the deputy president said President Kenyatta is still his best friend as they have gone through many things together. "I have been very loyal to the advice I gave to the president. I have never had a problem when my advice was not followed. The president has the right to change his leadership style and to decide what advice he wants to follow. My constitutional mandate is to advise him, but he has many advisers," the DP stated.
In an interview, the Deputy President recalled that President Kenyatta's decision to join Odinga in a deal that led to the BBI disrupted their earlier plans to bring development to the country. Ruto has never explained why such plans were not implemented in their first term of office between 2013 and 2017, when Odinga was leading the opposition.
Concerning the coalition formation, Ruto denied plotting to unite with Odinga to form the next government. In recent days, the two have been accused of stirring up controversy over the possibility of forming a political coalition as the 2022 election draws to a close. According to reports emerging from a meeting between Ruto and Governor Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega last week, it was alleged that he had been sent by Odinga.
Ruto said he considered Odinga to be his main rival in the next general election. "I have not held any talks with Odinga to discuss the political strategy, or the possibility of forming a coalition," Ruto refuted the claims. However, he agreed to have met more than five times with Oparanya, claiming that they discussed political strategies and other national issues.
"In our meetings with Governor Oparanya, we have been discussing strategies to boost the country's economy by using new methods to empower the people financially," said the deputy president. Dr Ruto explained that apart from Governor Oparanya, he has been meeting with other influential leaders including governors, ministers and ministry secretaries to discuss how they will work when the next general election comes.
He said they have been conducting the meetings in private, as many have been afraid of being punished by the government for fear of joining him. "Kenyans will be surprised at the number of leaders who will join us. Last week, I met with 17 governors. However, we are holding such meetings in secret as many are afraid to start being harassed by various government departments for being seen with me," he explained. His remarks came as President Kenyatta expressed his support for the One Kenya Alliance.
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