Deputy President William Ruto’s isolation has continued unabated. This week, President Uhuru Kenyatta held a virtual meeting with principal secretaries Cabinet secretaries, and chief administrative secretaries and William Ruto was not invited.
The full-blown seclusion from the government has locked out the Deputy President from his development tours across the country.
Reached for comment by Lion Net News, Mr. Emmanuel Talam, the spokesman at the DP’s office said, “ The DP could not have skipped it such an important meeting. State House is better placed to answer the question because he was not invited.”
State House, through Kanze Dena, said William Ruto was not invited because the meeting was a regular National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC) that is usually chaired by the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.
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“The NDICCC committee meets every week on Tuesday. This week, the President thought it was necessary for him to attend just to present his vision for the new financial year,” said State House spokesperson Kanze Dena-Marrero.
The Latest incident that the President chose to have a meeting express his vision without the Rift Valley Kingpin clearly shows just how much the gap between them has grown.
The man from Sugoi has become an unwanted outsider, who only keeps his position because the Constitution does not allow the President to fire him. His isolation has seen his close allies dewhipped and kicked out the leadership of parliamentary committees.
“It is evident that the President is fighting his deputy,” Kipchumba Murkomen the former Senate Majority Leader, told Lion Net News
“President Kenyatta has in effect, made himself both the Deputy President and the President. He has further gone on a firing spree of all close allies of the Deputy. Everybody, Even a small child is aware of it,” he added.
In the Tuesday meeting, President Kenyatta ordered that no new projects would be initiated without his express authority.
The DP has also been locked out of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting, which oversees. the national security organs.
Murkomen regretted that it was unfortunate that the President has chosen to fight his DP as part of his legacy. There is absolutely no reason for the humiliation shown to the DP. The DP has been consistent in his support for the President and how he fought to have this government,” Murkomen said.
Caleb Kositany, Jubilee’s Deputy Secretary General, and close DP ally said the DP would continue performing the duties as prescribed in the Constitution.
However, the constitution does not assign any duties to the DP. The President decides what the DP can do.