The absence of Deputy President William Ruto at this year’s edition of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Half Marathon sent tongues wagging, coming in wake of reports frosty relations between the DP and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ruto who has been a constant figure at the annual event was conspicuously missing at this year’s edition that was held today, 08 Mar 2020 that saw the President take part in the race for the first time in history.

He was equally missing on social media where he frequently engages his followers, updating them of his engagements especially on Sundays when he attends prayer and harambees across the country, donating millions.

It has since emerged that the DP who skipped the event had engagements in Meru where he took the battle with senior government officials to another level.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta receives President Uhuru Kenyatta after competing in the Beyond Zero Half Marathon
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta receives President Uhuru Kenyatta after competing in the Beyond Zero Half Marathon

"Right now its obvious and there are certain state officials who are intimidating elected leaders not to attend my events." Fired DP Ruto.

"The state officials call and warn anyone perceived to be close to me that (fictitous) charges will be brought against them. I want to tell them to stop it and instead come for me." Added the DP.

Addressing the congregation at Uganda Martyrs Church in Buuri Meru County on Sunday, DP Ruto carried on from where he left n Saturday, trailing his guns on his perceived political enemies who he accused of doing all the can stop him.

Ruto dared his attackers in civil service to go for him instead of threatening 'small politicians' aligned to him.

It is not clear why the DP who is known to traverse the country opted to stay away from the event.

Case in point is yesterday whe the DP attended a church service in Kiambu, crossed over to Nakuru to attennd Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei’s burial before making it to Meru.

Below is DP Ruto addressing the public in Meru, courtesy of People Daily.