Ruto: My ‘Rival’ Uhuru Kenyatta Now Under Me

President William Ruto has said that despite his commitment to his predecessor, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, disappointed and humiliated him. 

Speaking at Eldoret State Lodge on Monday and Tuesday, the Head of State gave an example of his friendship with the previous President to educate legislators in his Rift Valley backyard the value of supporting the voters and their candidates.

He urged them to be faithful to their supporters, telling them that Mr Kenyatta now relies on him. 

“Uhuru fought me, frustrated and humiliated me, despite my loyalty to him for many years. He betrayed me by siding with individuals who never supported him, but now, where is he? I am now the President,” one of the MPs who attended the meeting as reported by Nation, quoted Dr Ruto.

According to Dr. Ruto, Mr Kenyatta did everything he could to prevent himself from ascending to power in the August General Election by backing Azimio la Umoja One Kenya chairman Raila Odinga, who never supported him in the 2013 and 2017 elections.

“Do not abandon your campaign team or friends, you will need them. Uhuru fought me but now, he depends on me for many things.”

This comes after Mr Odinga supported Mr Kenyatta, saying the previous Head of State created a climate favourable to all candidates’ campaigns, and that there is no need for blame games.

“Uhuru was not supposed to be campaigning for me. I am a politician in my own right and capable of campaigning and winning elections and he knows it. He did not use his position as the incumbent president to swing the results in my favour. He did not use the security forces, he did not give instructions to the police, the National Intelligence Service and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to support me in any way,” Mr Odinga said.