– Ruto said he and Uhuru have been working closely since Jubilee government came to power in 2013 and that has not stopped
– He stated he was not looking for advice on how to relate to his boss or conduct his business within the ruling Jubilee party
– There have been talks of growing rift between the DP and the president since Uhuru-Raila March 2018 handshake
– The DP has also been on the receiving end with a section of leaders from both Jubilee and Opposition accusing him of premature 2022 campaigns
Deputy President William Ruto has told off leaders questioning the state of his relationship with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta saying they are still very close with each other.
The DP stated he was not soliciting for advice on how to relate with the president and the role he should be playing in the ruling Jubilee party.
Ruto who was speaking in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri county, on Saturday, June 16, argued he and the president were elected as a pair and have been working closely since 2013 when the Jubilee party ascended to power.
“We have come from far with my boss (Uhuru). Our relationship was well-grounded before he became the head of state, they should bear that in mind,” the DP told the residents of Mukurwe-ini where he had gone to launch new Kenya Power station and other projects.
He also clarified the reason why he was crisscrossing the country was because it is part of his job as the DP to travel around the country to sell the government’s Big Four agenda and supervise implementation of development projects.
Ruto added the head of state was very well aware of all his activities in different parts of the country and that he had no problem with his frequent traveling.
The DP has been a man under siege from a section of politicians drawn from both his own party Jubilee and Opposition side regarding his seemingly endless country tours.
He has repeatedly been accused of conducting early political campaigns for his 2022 presidential ambition at the expense of service delivery to the people.
Others accused Ruto of being disrespectful to Uhuru who had on a number of occasions advised leaders to shelve premature 2022 politics so they can focus on implementing the government’s development agenda.
It was on the basis of the said early campaigns that two political factions namely Tanga Tanga group supporting Ruto and Kieleweke group allied to the president, emerged in the ruling party.
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There have equally been talks about a growing rift and tension between Ruto and Uhuru since the president entered into a peace agreement with Opposition leader Raila Odinga on March 9, 2018, following the chaotic and divisive 2017 polls.
Ruto and his political allies have on different occasions expressed their disapproval of the handshake which some of them felt could be a clever ploy by the ODM party leader to divide Jubilee leaders and scatter the DP’s 2022 presidential ambition.
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Source: Tuko Kenya