Kenya’s President William Ruto spent his Christmas Holiday at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County.
During his 2022 end-year break, the Head of State hosted guests including politicians from the Rift Valley region.
Speaking during a private meeting held at the Eldoret State Lodge with politicians from his political bedrock at the beginning of the week, the president urged political leaders from his region not to be like Rtd. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto was reportedly quoted faulting his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta for frustrating him despite supporting his political bid for more than a decade.
“Uhuru fought me, frustrated and humiliated me, despite my loyalty to him for many years. He betrayed me by siding with individuals who never supported him, but now, where is he? I am now the President,” the MP quoted Ruto while speaking to Nation.
“Do not abandon your campaign team or friends, you will need them. Uhuru fought me but now, he depends on me for many things,” the president was quoted.
In the build-up to the August 9, presidential election, the then-President Uhuru Kenyatta threw his weight behind William Ruto’s bitter rival Raila Odinga.
While addressing delegates of the Mt Kenya region in February 2022, Uhuru urged his community to back Raila’s bid saying he has the best interests of the country.
“I’m asking you to support Raila Odinga as he means well for the Country,” Uhuru said.
However, it remains unclear whether Uhuru’s backing for Raila was real or it was meant to strengthen William Ruto as alleged by a section of political analysts in the country.
But in his latest media interview, the veteran politician denied claims that the curse of incumbency dents his chances of winning the hotly contested August 9, presidential election.
“Uhuru did not use his position as the incumbent president to swing the results in my favor,” Raila said on Citizen TV on Tuesday, December 27.