On Sunday, September 18, Kenya’s President William Ruto left the country for London, United Kingdom to attend the late Queen Elizabeth II’s burial.
After his arrival, Ruto together with other African Heads of State traveled to Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral by bus.
In photos doing rounds on social media, the first in command was seen together with first lady mama Rachael Ruto and Tanzania President Samia Suluhu in one bus.
These elicited sharp reactions from President William Ruto’s critics including Embakasi East MP Babu Owino.
Owino, a fierce critic of President Ruto said it was embarrassing for the African presidents to be carried in a “hearse.”
The vocal politician further downplayed Ruto’s first official visit as the president saying it was of no meaningful help to the hustlers.
While terming Ruto as a Puppet President, the ODM legislator alleged that it was wrong for the president to travel for the funeral while the country’s economy is crumbling down.
Owino, advised Kenyans to brace for tough times ahead even as the price of basic commodities has reached rooftops.
“African president carried in a hearse to go see the deceased Queen. How do you leave Kenya with all its problems to go see a corpse in London, yet you claim that there’s no money in Kenya? Hustlers’ mtajionea mambo. The puppet president,” Babu Owino said.
During the campaign period, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance had promised Kenyans to lower the cost of living standards for Kenyan.
However, in his latest media interview, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua asked Kenyans to give them time saying they inherited a dilapidated economy.
“We have inherited a dilapidated economy. We have found empty coffers. There is barely any money in this country and we are starting from scratch. I have asked the people of Kenya to be patient with us because we have a plan but it cannot be immediate because we have found a bad situation in terms of the economy,” Gachagua said.