President Uhuru Kenyatta and other officials criticised Deputy President William Ruto during the introduction of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program in Mombasa. Speaker after speaker slammed DP Ruto, accusing him of destroying Uhuru’s administration. Uhuru, who set up camp in Mombasa the day following Ruto’s coastal visit, also took to the podium to criticize his deputy for nonstop politicking.
He dismissed reports that ODM leader Raila Odinga is his project even as he maintained that he has a right to choose whoever he will vote for. “He is not my project as it is being said, but I will cast my vote to the person that I trust will bring change to Kenya,” he said. He revisited his warnings to the DP and his camp over early politics saying the team refused to heed. “Niliwambia hii mambo ya kutanga tanga, wakasema niwache wao watange tange. I let them be, what do they want me to say now?” posed the President.
Uhuru added that he does not have an issue with his deputy running for the presidency. “I do not have an issue with anyone’s ambition. I had only told them that there is time for everything. Time for politics and time to do the work. They chose politics from morning to evening,” Uhuru said.
The head of state said this year he will not shy away from politics. “Time for politics has come and you are going to hear from us. I had told you before that this is a marathon, but they did not listen,” added President Uhuru.
The president also took time to justify his performance, claiming that he has accomplished a lot in the last several years. “Jubilee has been hard at work. I’ll never get tired of showing Kenyans what we’ve been up to. “We’ve built a lot of road projects across the country,” he remarked. Francis Atwoli, Secretary-General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu), reiterated his hallmark remark that “Ruto would never be president.”
“There is nothing called UDA and I want to tell those close to Ruto that they should make sure he does not commit suicide after the August 9 general election,” said Atwoli. He said those asking President Uhuru not to campaign for his successor, should understand that the 2002 voting dynamics are different from 2022. The Ruto camp on Saturday asked President Uhuru to learn from the 2002 election, in which former late President Daniel Moi tried unsuccessfully to push him as his successor.