Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have fired shots at their counterparts allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta after the two engaged in another public spat.
During the Sunday, May 1, Labour Day celebrations, the Head of State accused his estranged deputy of failing to assist despite being the second in command in government.
“Instead of some leaders strategizing on how to offer solutions, they go to incite citizens to ask Uhuru. You call yourself a leader and what number (in superiority) are you? You should have let me look for someone to help me. You know this is not anyone’s problem, where are you when I need you?” President Uhuru said.
However, the DP hit back at his boss saying he was not the one to blame for Uhuru’s failed projects.
In a sarcastic statement, Ruto claimed that the president was in pain after being let down by his officers who have occupied the President’s inner circle after the March 2018 handshake.
The majority of the Azimio-One Kenya coalition politicians silently cheered the President’s actions
Ruto allies led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, on the other hand, came out guns blazing to defend Ruto saying the buck stops with the President and he should not blame anyone else.
“When you were chest-thumping, firing us left, right and center, and assigning the duties of your Principal Assistant to your sycophants you forgot the clock was ticking and the buck stops with you! Now carry your failures with the same energy and stop shouting. Too little too late!” Kihika said in a Tweet.
On his part, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula urged the president to positively take criticisms from his deputy president and refrain from unnecessary anger.
“President Uhuru, restrain from exhibiting unnecessary, unhelpful, and potentially harmful anger. As the c-in-n, you may be tempted to do the “lunatic unthinkable!” Unity is not uniform, appreciate criticism,” Wetang’ula said.
Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga urged the deputy president to fiercely defend himself and stop entertaining Uhuru’s disrespect towards him.
He said Ruto has been loyal to the president and that the first in command has mistaken his loyalty for weakness.
“From today onwards I want to urge William Ruto to stop entertaining disrespect and counter it pound for pound. There comes a time when a man must fiercely defend himself. He has been loyal like a lamb and this has been mistaken for weakness. The redline has been crossed!” Omanga said.