On Wednesday, June 1, President Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation to the commemoration of the 59th Madaraka Day celebrations.
The celebrations, held at Uhuru Garden, Nairobi, saw the Head of State issue his last Madaraka day speech where the bad blood between President Uhuru and his deputy President played out again.
Hundreds of Kenyans who had attended the Jubilee’s last Madaraka Day celebrations were captured on video walking out of the stadium as the Head of State delivered his speech.
While a section of Kenyans argued that the 2022 presidential election front runner William Ruto and Raila Odinga were not allowed to speak in a move to lock out politics from the event, fresh details have emerged.
Some Kenyans claimed those who left before Uhuru concluded his speech were cheering squad members who were disappointed after Deputy President William Ruto was not invited to speak.
Other sources claim that the deputy president had hired hundreds of his supporters to cheer him on as he spoke to show that he is very popular just days before the 2022 General Election.
Unlike in other National events where the deputy president has to speak before inviting his boss, President Uhuru after realizing that, quickly took over the stage shortly after inspecting a guard of honor.
By snubbing his deputy, it was suspected that it was a deliberate breach of protocol in what seemed like revenge from the president days after Ruto broke protocol by inviting Martha Karua to speak before the Head of State during the National Prayer Breakfast.
To add salt to the injury, while delivering his speech, the president indirectly accused Ruto of grabbing public land opposite the Wilson Airpot and on which the Weston Hotel stands.
This comes just days after a section of residents walked out of the 2022 presidential front runner Raila Odinga’s political rally in Narok.
Raila was addressing locals at William Ole Ntimama stadium when hundreds of them walked out setting up an epic struggle for the Maa vote between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio.