Angry DP Ruto reveals why he will defy Uhuru’s directive to tone down on political activities

DP Ruto fires back: I am tired of daily lectures on how to conduct business within Jubilee

File image of DP Ruto

A day after President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated the need to tone down political activity and pursue unity and development, Deputy President William Ruto has made it clear that he will not tone down his activities, including national tours where politics and 2022 bid often form part of the agenda.

Addressing a crowd in Kaheti in Mukurwe-ini Constituency, Nyeri County yesterday (Saturday), a visibly angry DP Ruto stated that he is getting increasingly tired of being lectured on a daily basis on how to conduct business within the Jubilee party.

DP Ruto told the public that all his activities including his national tours launching projects-where 2022 succession politics and his 2022 bid with numerous attacks aimed at former Prime Minister Raila Odinga -had the full blessings of his boss.

He also hit out at team Kieleweke who faulted him for increased political activities and open defiance against President Kenyatta’s directive premature campaigns, dismissing their concerns and stating that his relationship with his boss is unshakable.

“They should always bear in mind that we have come from far with my boss, our relationship was well-grounded before President Kenyatta became the Head of State,” said Ruto.

Increasing opposition to DP Ruto's 2022 bid

Ruto who was in Mukurwe-ini to commission a new Kenya Power Station and launch the construction of Ichamara Thangathi road stated that his activities are intended to promote the Jubilee agenda as promised in the 2017 campaigns.

His 2022 bid to succeed President Kenyatta slammed his critics within the Jubilee party and the opposition for meddling in his affairs.

“They should leave me alone to do my work as the DP, we were elected as a pair with my boss to do our work and that is what we doing,” said the DP.

The increased political activity from DP Ruto’s camp was the subject of Siaya Senator James Orengo’s speech in Kisumu during the burial of Anyang’ Nyong’o’s mother.

“You, our commanders, have told us to put our arms down. The [National Super Alliance] brigade has done that. Please ask your troops to also keep quiet so that we can build one Kenya. Otherwise, the journey will be difficult," Orengo said.

“You have said categorically that people should forget about 2022 …The agenda we have for 2022 is so substantive that all our energies should be put together. We know you mean well but in politics meaning well is not good enough." He added.

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