Deputy President William Ruto was blocked from traveling to Uganda on Monday, August 2.
According to sources close to him, the second in command was headed to Uganda for a private visit, but his trip was cut short at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that William Ruto was asked to seek clearance from the Head of Public Service(Joseph Kinyua) first.
“The DP was scheduled to make a private visit to Uganda this afternoon. When he got to the airport, he was asked to seek clearance from the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet. We are surprised. This has never happened in the last nine years,” Said Ruto’s communication team.
In a cryptic message on his Twitter, William Ruto sarcastically commented on the development.
“Isorait… Tumwachie Mungu( Its alright, lets leave it to God.)”
Other than the DP, his political allies like Ndindi Nyoro and Oscar Sudi who were set to accompany him were allegedly blocked from leaving the country.
Ruto’s new predicament comes barely a month after traveling to Uganda on another private mission.
On July 7, Ruto was accompanied by a delegation, where he laid a foundation stone for a Biological Drugs and RNA vaccine manufacturing facility at Wakiso district.
DP Ruto has been a frequent visitor to Uganda since he has a personal relationship with President Yoweri Museveni.
During his visit to Uganda last month, Ruto hailed Yoweri Museveni for being an admirable leader in the East African region.
However, his frequent visits to Uganda have sparked debate from his political opponents.
COTU Secretary-general Francis Atwoli alleged that Ruto is importing weapons from the neighboring country in preparation for the 2022 presidential polls.
Atwoli said this is the reason why Ruto is suddenly befriending Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni.
“Raila, kindly keep your eyes on Ruto. He will reject the outcome which may lead to a crisis in the country. He is importing firearms,” Atwoli stated.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that Deputy President’s foreign travel has to be approved by the President while Cabinet Secretaries seek clearance from the Head of Public Service.