Home News DP Ruto absence from the president’s press brief raises eyebrows

DP Ruto absence from the president’s press brief raises eyebrows

During the president’s speech from State House in Mombasa on Tuesday 14 January 2020, the deputy president, William Ruto, was missing from the scene.

Donned in a white shirt with flags beaming behind him, the president read his speech, and in the end, responded to questions.

The president read through the lines to the end, then his Strategic Communication Unit head, Kanze Dena, directed the journalists to shoot their questions.

President Kenyatta rarely has time to answer questions from the press members, but today he broke the norm as he tackled as many questions as he could.

The conference looked low-key but had a lot of tell-tale signals.

DP William Ruto was conspicuously missing from the address, contrary to their previously when he and the president would match their dressing, throw smiles at each other, and handle press questions jointly.

The DP’s no-show at the press conference probably conveyed a message that things were no longer the same with the two. The speech was issued at a time when the chasm between the president and his deputy continues to widen.

About the sacking of Mwangi Kiunjuri, whose slot has been filled by former Meru County Governor Peter Munya, the president smiled and responded in brief.

“The ones I haven’t mentioned …. They are either in [another] place, and if they are not in place, then so be it. Kenya moves on,” he said.

On the other hand, Kiunjuri said in another press conference that his firing did not come as a surprise and that he was going anywhere, inferring that he would still be active in politics.

The president also talked about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which seems to be widening the gap between him and his deputy.

He dismissed the critics of BBI, who say the initiative is meant to create political positions for certain people.

“The BBI is not about creating positions. We are talking about how we are going to deal with corruption, youth unemployment, and equity so that after every election, we do not have to fight each other,” stated Uhuru.

 “I find it very unfortunate in the process of unifying Kenya, people feel they are being left out,” he added.

Contrarily, on Monday, the Deputy President scoffed at the BBI consultative forum that was held in Kisii County on Friday, last week. He also accused the ODM part of hijacking BBI and using it for selfish political schemes.

Additionally, Ruto also blamed the Jubilee woes on what he referred to as the infiltration of NASA coalition ideologies.

“We accept that BBI/handshake has been hijacked to craft ODM’s 2022 political line up. Unity/inclusivity presence and associated squander of public resources should stop,” the DP tweeted.



Join BBI meetings with respect – DP Ruto allies told

A group of legislators in support of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) have welcomed the ‘tanga tanga’ team in the ongoing BBI consultative forum. Nairobi...

Jumia appoints Kenneth Oyolla the new Chief Commercial Officer

Kenneth Oyolla, who previously worked with IPS Group Limited as the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), has been named the new CCO for Jumia Kenya. He...

Team ”Tangatanga’ set to join BBI meetings

Since its commissioning last year, the Building Bridges Initiative has been a controversial issue in the kenyan politics. BBI has seen the ruling party...

Nearly half a billion people are jobless in the world – UN says

Presently, over 470 million people in the world have no jobs or are underemployed, the UN said on Monday, adding that lack of access...

Kenyan national team Harambee stars to take on neighbours Rwanda and Uganda in the 2022 world cup qualifiers

The Kenyan football national team, Harambee Stars, has been slotted to group E in the 2022 world cup qualifiers. The draw was done on...

According to WHO Kenya risks contracting coronavirus from China

Kenya is at a higher risk of contracting a new virus outbreak, which is in China. However, the risk would occur due to people...

A man pretending to be “deaf” to solicit money beaten up in Migori town

A 25 years old man is nursing serious injuries after an angry mob beat him. The man had been soliciting money from the locals...

Embattled UoN VC sends his deputy on annual leave

The embattled University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stephen Kiama, has sent his deputy, Isaac Mbeche on yearly leave and appointed Prof Madara Ogot on...