Following the deterioration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s relationship, the Deputy President did not receive an invite to yet another State event.
On Tuesday morning, the Deputy President’s office confirmed that he never received an invite to the bilateral meeting with visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu. Additionally, the DP’s office said he also did not get an invite to the State dinner. The dinner will take place tonight in honour of the newly elected Tanzanian President.
Earlier today, President Uhuru Kenyatta received Tanzania’s President. Ruto conspicuously missed the event. Reports say that he had a meeting with religious leaders at his Karen office.
“The Deputy President has not received any invite,” Emmanuel Talam, Dr Ruto’s Director Of Communications, said.
For the past 2 years, the Deputy President has not been on good terms with the President. Their relationship started deteriorating after the President shook hands with ODM leader Raila Odinga. Consequently, Ruto has been an outsider in his own government. The President does not invite him to key meetings or involve him in decision-making.
In August 2020 and February 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta locked Ruto out of meetings with his top Executive team. This confirmed that Ruto’s and Uhuru’s relationship was on the rocks.
Sometime last year, the Deputy President also missed an important national event. The event was to develop strategies to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic—several public figures, including President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Like today, the Deputy President’s office also said he never received an invitation to the event. They claimed that someone placed his chair next to the President’s out of mischief to make it seem like he had snubbed the event.
The Deputy President alleged that his isolation from the government was an attempt to make sure he does not win the 2022 general elections. According to him, some individuals in Uhuru’s inner circle want to lock him out of the succession plan.
“If the President decides to elevate other people, I take it with grace. The Big Four Agenda slowed down. It suddenly became urgent to change the Constitution,” Ruto said in a past interview.