Vice President Wiliam Ruto has responded to allegations from his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, about Ruto’s failure to solve the country’s problems.
During his Labor Day speech on Sunday, Mr Kenyatta sharply attacked his deputy for what he described as a failure to solve the country’s problems, instead using them to criticize his presidency.
The head of state was referring to DP Ruto’s earlier comments on the ongoing oil shortage, and said the crisis was the result of tensions between Ukraine and Russia that were beyond his control.
President Kenyatta said DP Ruto should provide a solution rather than use the issues as a platform to blame and “insult” his senior.
Mambo yamekuwa magumu sio tu kwa nchi yetu…Mamilioni ya watu dunia mzima walipoteza maisha yao na mamilioni wengine zaidi kupoteza kazi zao. Hiyo haikuwa kwa sababu ya Uhuru ama mtu mwengine,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
“Wakati tumejaribu kuona tutafanya aje tujiokoe na tumeanza kuona barabara sasa, wengine walianza vita ambavyo hatuelewi na imesababisha bei ya mafuta kupanda na kutuletea shida zingine,” he added while referring to the tension between Russia and Ukraine.
He further noted: “Badala ya viongozi kuketi waseme watasuluhisha vipi, wengine wanaenda huko kuincite wananchi ati waulize Uhuru. Yaani, mimi niko Ukraine jameni? Mimi nilitoa COVID huko nikaleta? Badala ya kuja kunisaidia na mawaidha tuokoe watu wetu, wewe uko kwa soko na matusi?”
According to Mr. Kenyatta, the DP would have instead relinquished his role and given him the freedom to choose another deputy who would assist him in charting the way forward for the country.“Na unajiita kiongozi na pia ati wewe ni namba ngapi katika nchi?… Basi si ungewacha mimi nitafute mtu ambaye angenisaidia? Wewe unajua hii sio shida ya mtu, uko wapi wakati mimi nakuhitaji?”
Referring to United Nations Resolution leader Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta said the former opposition leader had made great efforts to liberate the country as his closest ally, other than Dr Ruto as vice president.
DP Ruto, on his Twitter page after the party’s uprising, blamed the president’s frustration on the people he “gave (from Ruto) responsibilities,” who he says ended up missing him. “
“Sorry my boss, I feel your pain, the ones you handed over my responsibilities to the old ‘project’ have completely failed, they beat our Big 4, killed our party and ruined your 2nd term.
He then told the president that he would be available if he wanted to reach out, writing, “Boss, I’m available. Just a phone call. Unfortunately, the last cabinet was 2 years ago. The No. 2.