Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake counterpart Raila Odinga have once again snubbed Deputy President William Ruto as they head for a five-day visit to Nyanza.
Next week, the two are expected to make their first railway journey from Naivasha to Kisumu ahead of the Madaraka Day celebrations that will be held at the Jomo Kenyatta stadium in Kisumu.
This will make it the third state function Uhuru has snubbed his once best friend.
According to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibichu, Uhuru and Raila are expected to preside over the ceremony.
Kibicho further said that only 3,000 invited people are expected to attend the state functions due to the containment measure by the ministry of health in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the PS did not reveal whether Deputy President has been invited to the event or not having not invited him in a few of the recently held state functions.
Ruto’s Communication Director Emmanuel Talam told journalists that the presidential hopeful would go about his normal business because he had not been invited.
Ruto instead said he met a section of church leaders where he handed over a vehicle to Rev. Daniel Lotuno of AIC Kajiado County to help him in evangelization work.
“Handed over a vehicle to Daniel Lotuno of AIC, Kajiado County. Blessed to have joined the church in acquiring a tool for evangelization,” said on Twitter.
Prior to this, the second in command was also missing during the Celebration of Labor Day on May 1, at statehouse, Nairobi.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that the last time Uhuru and Ruto met face-to-face was on February 25, at a Cabinet session in State House, Nairobi.