National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah on Monday, July 24, told off former President Uhuru Kenyatta on his willingness to meet President William Ruto for advice.
In a statement, Ichung’wah claimed that Ruto cannot seek advice from his predecessor since his former boss has nothing positive to offer to the current regime.
“You get invited if you have worthy advice to give anyone.
Unfortunately, here, my friend William Ruto, the only advice you could ever get is on state capture, extrajudicial killings River Yala, impunity, grand family driven looting, playing a small god, self and family ahead of Country, handshakes to facilitate looting. You do not need any of these,” said the MP.
Fallout with Ruto
In an interview with media houses on Monday July 24, Uhuru Kenyatta made several revelations regarding his relationship with President Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Uhuru stated that the differences started after the 2017 General Glection when Ruto wanted the Jubilee Government to ruthlessly go after the opposition led by Odinga, but he refused.
“I told him my priority is to unite the country and going after the opposition would harm Kenya,” said Uhuru.
However, the former president noted that Ruto was against his motive and insisted that the government needed to subdue the opposition.
President Uhuru and Ruto settled for their second term in office after the repeat 2017 polls which Odinga boycotted arguing that it would not be free and fair.
Odinga had rejected the election results and filed a petition at the Supreme Court that nullified the election victory of Uhuru and Ruto.
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However, Ruto saw Odinga as a potential threat to his ambitions of succeeding the then president, a point that Uhuru said he disagreed with.
“I told him I had been to the Hague, and I was not ready to go there for any reason. On hearing this, Ruto started promoting the propaganda of abandonment,” said Uhuru.
Further, Uhuru sent a message to his successor President Ruto and his administration amidst the ongoing humiliation and attacks from the government.
“Power comes and goes, do your best for the people and not those around you,” he said.
However, the former president noted that he respects Ruto admitting that he is the president, and he is responsible for the direction of the nation.
“I cannot invite myself to talk to him but if he reaches out to me, I will go, he is my president. I visited Late Presidente Moi and Kibaki regularly to seek advice,” said Uhuru.
Relationship with Raila
Uhuru, who is still the chairman of Azimio, stated that he is still a supporter of the coalition having campaigned for Odinga in the last election.
He however denied claims of funding the opposition protests saying that he is retired from active politics and has no role in the day-to-day operations of the coalition.
“I am not funding the demonstrations; I have no reason to do that. I supported Raila in the 2022 elections, should our friendship stop because he is leading the demonstrations,” he asked.
Also, Uhuru criticized the government for intimidation on his family ranging from Northlands raid, withdrawal of Mama Ngina Kenyatta security detail and the suspected raid of his son’s home.
“I wish they would come for me as an individual member of the Kenyatta family, it is not crime to come from this family or is it,” asked Uhuru.