President Uhuru Kenyatta publicly stated why he refused to support his deputy William Ruto in the statehouse bid.
The head of state, explained his reasons during a meeting with Provincial administrators and Abagusi elders in Kisii State Lodge on Wednesday, August 3.
Likewise, the president reiterated his scornful attack against the deputy president terming him unfit to lead Kenya.
“Unaweza kuanza safari na mtu na kwa roho yako you mean well na unatamani mutamaliza pamoja. Lakini ikiwa uko karibu kufika pale mkiendelea… unaangalia nyuma unaona kiti ya nyuma imetupwa nje, na kuna mwingine ameishika huko… passenger ndiyo huyo ameporwa mali, mnaendelea… gurudumu inaisha pumzi… unamwambia abadilishe… yeye huyo anahepa nayo anaenda kuuzia mtu mwingine,” President Kenyatta said.
Moreover, the head of state noted that his falling-out with DP Ruto was inevitable. He further mocked his deputy, categorically stating that he too had changed his mind.
According to president Uhuru while alluding to Ruto’s performance in the presidential debate, he had changed his mind on Value Added Tax on fuel because only fools do not change their minds.
“Ni ukweli ….ni mshenzi tu hawezi kubadilisha fikira… kwa hivyo hata mimi nimebadilisha fikira kwa sababu mimi pia sio mshenzi,” added the president.
Furthermore, president Kenyatta dismissed Ruto’s claim that their falling-out was caused by his handshake with Azimio’s Raila Odinga.
“Mimi wakiniingilia sijui tulifanya handshake na mzee mwingine… sasa hiyo handshake imeleta shida… sijui hakuna kazi inaendelea… jameni tumeweza kufanya mara tatu yale tulikuwa tunafanya wakati gurudumu zilikuwa zinang’olewa,” he said.
Likewise, the head of state defended his decision to delegate some duties under the Office of the President to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who he appointed Chief Minister by way of an Executive.
Similarly, president Kenyatta urged Kenyans to be peaceful in the final stages of the campaign season to avoid voter apathy caused by violence.
“Tunataka huyu mzee ashinde….huyu mzee hatashinda kama nyinyi mtagongana mpaka mtishe mwananchi na mwananchi aseme ee hiyo vita huko nje, mimi afadhali nikae nyumbani. Kila mtu aombe kura kwa amani. Kwa sababu uongozi ni kuhakikisha kwamba timu yako inashinda…sio wewe mwenyewe,” he said.
Furthermore, President Uhuru ended his Kisii county tour with a political rally at the Gusiii stadium, where he rallied the Nyanza region to back Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga’s bid.