Deputy President William Ruto has responded to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks on his presidential ambitions.
DP Ruto answers Uhuru on fiery Sagana 3 address
Dr Ruto has echoed the sentiments shared by his allies.
DP Ruto was speaking during a rally in Kitui County where he said that President Kenyatta has a right to vote for his candidate of choice, echoing a narrative that has been carried by his allies online.
Saying that the President had formally endorsed his rival, DP Ruto changed tune on the state of matters between him and the President, calling Uhuru 'friend'.
"I am aware that my friend the President of Kenya has decided in his democratic right to support my competitor and I respect the opinion of the president and my friend.
“I voted for Uhuru, I campaigned for him and Odinga has never voted or campaigned for President Kenyatta, but I am okay with his decision to support that one person that has never voted for him," he added.
DP Ruto addresses Raila following Uhuru's Sagana 3 meeting
The DP urged the former prime minister to stop hiding behind the head of state and come out to compete with him directly.
"But the president is not my competitor, my competitor is Raila and therefore I ask him not stand behind Mr Kenyatta," Ruto said.
Earlier, allies of the deputy president had attacked President Kenyatta for the blatant criticism of his deputy.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa expressed disappointment over President Kenyatta’s message to church leaders, in which he accused them of allowing politicians to use the pulpit to advance their political ambitions.
The head of state had slammed clergymen, asking them to be contented with the little offering from their loyal congregations instead of accepting millions donated by corrupt individuals.
“For heaven’s sake! Crying out loud, leave our clergy alone. You can insult us but respect our religious leaders. The same people you call liars were there to pray for you over ICC,” Ichungwa said.
On his part, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro claimed that President Kenyatta presided over an unjust government and accused him of frustrating traders in the country.
“You have collapsed our economy, borrowed unsustainable amounts of Public debt most of which have been stolen by those close to you.
“You have literally made sure no businessman from Mt Kenya will enjoy their sweat without undue harassment. All Millionaires made by President Kibaki have all been impoverished deliberately by your regime,” the Kiharu MP alleged.
Murang'a Senator Irungu Kangata criticised the head of state for addressing the crowd in his vernacular Gikuyu language, describing the event as a tribal gathering.
Ford-Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetangula, one of the principals in the Kenya Kwanza alliance, said that President Kenyatta ought to have used the national language during the meeting at Sagana State Lodge.
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