Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has warned Deputy President William Ruto to shun his preoccupation with the 2022 presidential campaigns.
In an interview with Citizen radio station on Thursday, June 17, the former presidential aspirant said Ruto’s active involvement in next year’s presidency is derailing Jubilee government’s development agenda.
“William Ruto needs to refocus and help President Uhuru Kenyatta deliver the promises they both made together to Kenyans,
“His engagement in 2022 sideshows with his lieutenants from within government only serves to derail government programs,” she said.
Its crystal clear that President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto’s relationship has deteriorated especially since the famous March 2018 handshake between Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Ngilu’s remarks come just days after President Uhuru announced that the deteriorating relationship between him and his Deputy had helped him achieve more in his second term in office as compared to his first term when they worked closely with his deputy.
“I have done much more than I was able to do in my first term in office, why? because I have been able to focus more, working with my colleagues and focus on the development agenda rather than the political agenda,” Uhuru said.
Speaking on Monday, June 14, when he met leaders from the Lower Eastern region, the Head of State said massive corruption rocked his first term in office, thus derailing development projects.
Although he did not mention names, Uhuru’s confession might have been targeted at the DP, who was a key cog in the management of government affairs in their first term between 2013 and 2017.
Ruto, in his latest media interview said he has been sidelined from government and his position taken up by intruders (Raila Odinga).
Although Uhuru appears to be happy with the deterioration of his relationship with Ruto, a section of leaders have slammed the two demanding the duo resign and pave way for a by-election.
Earlier this month, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua called for Uhuru’s resignation if he could not resolve the ever-growing rift between him and his deputy.