Despite the political showdown between the pro-BBI team and the Deputy President William Ruto-led side that is opposing Constitutional reforms, the second in command has finally shared a podium with his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, after a long time.
It took the Thursday, May 27 morning National Prayer Breakfast at Parliament Building for the two top leaders in the country to meet, albeit publicly. The two have been rumoured not to see eye to eye, especially after Ruto and his Tangatanga brigade decided to oppose the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
In his short and clear speech anchored on unity as a hallmark for a successful nation, DP Ruto said that time is ripe for the country to come together, including the existing political factions [Tangatanga, Kieleweke and pro-BBI] “since we are all losing.”
Ruto acknowledged that there is little political activity going on currently owing to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to ravage the world.
“Much has happened but as things stand today, there has been a stop to all political activities, and this is a sign that we need to listen to our religious leaders. The Tangatanga tours are not there and the reggae has also stopped,” he said.
He urged politicians to rethink their priorities and focus on uniting. “I think we need to listen. We need to do something together,” Ruto added.
The former Eldoret North MP reminisced ODM leader Raila Odinga’s sentiments in a previous meeting, when he too called for unity.
“The former Prime Minister also said something that was profound in a very uncharacteristic manner. He gave us a verse, and he told us about Isaiah (1:18): ‘Come, let us reason together’,” Ruto said.
Ruto lauds Uhuru for “steadying ship”
In spite of the claims of fall out between him and President Uhuru, Ruto appreciated the milestones fronted by President Kenyatta amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
“Your Excellency because of your leadership you stepped in, and the ship of our country was steadied. We have had positive things happening. The president launched the Lamu Port among other projects. We got ourselves a brand new CJ, the first female ever, and also our Speaker (Muturi) got an appointment with the elders.”
Despite some of his close allies, like Kandara MP Alice Wahome, disregarding National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi’s coronation as Mt Kenya region spokesperson, Ruto said that he is deserving of the position.
“I think it serves him right. After being a Speaker for so long, maybe its time to be a spokesperson,” Ruto said.