Deputy President William Ruto has assured Kenyans that he will implement to the needs of the ‘Hustlers’ economic blueprint which is set to be launched in December.
But even as DP Ruto assembles his future political plan, the bad blood between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta played out yet again on Tuesday.
The DP was for the first time in the life of the Jubilee administration not at State House for the reception for a visiting head of state. Tanzania’s President Suluhu Hassan is in the country for a two-day state visit.
Suluhu was received at State House, Nairobi, by her host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, who introduced her to Cabinet secretaries before they held talks.
The DP’s office said he was not invited.
“I can confirm there was no invite received. But you can check with State House,” Ruto’s director of communications Emmanuel Talam said.
But in an interview with the Star on Monday, Ruto cut an image of a man determined to succeed Uhuru.
He said he will not compromise on the implementation of his manifesto should he form government next year.
The DP expressed confidence that his promise to change Kenya will come to pass, vowing to prove wrong his critics who have dismissed his promise to empower ordinary Kenyans through his bottom-up economic model as “big talk”.
“I will work hard to implement every aspect of what I am pledging. The bottom-up economy will work and must work, this I can assure Kenyans and I will be accountable to them,” he told the Star at his Nairobi office.
His critics have questioned why he cannot propose and implement the same development agenda now, yet he is the second in command in the Jubilee administration.
However, Ruto, in an earlier interview with Citizen TV, blamed his frustrations on Uhuru’s change of leadership style soon after they were sworn in for a second term.