Embakasi North Member of Parliament James Gakuya has insinuated that the retired president Uhuru Kenyatta's idleness could be a problematic factor in his retired bid.
In a televised interview on Tuesday morning, Gakuya quipped that despite Uhuru taking a break from active politics and spending his retirement package, idleness could be what might be a negative factor after he retreated to his Ichaweri home in Kiambu county.
According to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) MP, the peace ambassadorial job given to Uhuru by his successor Dr William Ruto was important because it engaged him well since he would be making trips whenever conflict resolution missions arise.
"Even though the president enjoys retirement benefits, idleness is also another factor. The role of peace ambassador is also a plus where he can move around," saidJames Gakuya.
This comes days after Uhuru failed to attend peace-related talk in South Africa despite Dr Ruto assigning him that role. In a statement that did rounds on media, the former president claimed that he could not attend the event because he had other engagements to mind.
During his swearing in to office on September 13th, president Ruto assigned the retired Head of State the job of being Kenya's peace ambassador to other nations. Uhuru accepted the job then.
This happened at the time when Uhuru and Ruto have parted ways and disagreed politically. In 2018, the two leaders who seemed to be inseparable friends developed cold relations towards each other. As a result, Uhuru resolved to support former prime minister Raila Odinga's 2022 bid in antagonism to Dr Ruto, despite promising the latter the endorsement. Nontheless, Dr Ruto beat Uhuru's favorite candidate.
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