In Summary
  • Tangatanga MPs have argued that the President’s political truce with ODM leader Raila Odinga was aimed at dimming Dr Ruto’s 2022 aspirations
  • Mr Kenyatta said his relationship with Mr Odinga was limited to the country’s peace.  

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told a section Mt Kenya MPs to stop reminding him about his pledge to support his deputy William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

The Head of State questioned significance of the constant reminders, saying that he has never declared whether he will endorse or oppose Dr Ruto’s 2022 bid.

POLITICAL TRUCE

A section of MPs allied to Dr Ruto, popularly known as Tangatanga, have been calling on the President to support his deputy as he had pledged during the 2013 and 2017 general elections.

The legislators have argued that the President’s political truce with ODM leader Raila Odinga, was aimed at dimming Dr Ruto’s 2022 aspirations.

But speaking at Sagana State Lodge during a four-hour meeting with leaders from the Gema community on Friday, the President said that his political truce with Mr Odinga should not be seen as an endorsement.

HANDSHAKE

Speaking in Kikuyu language, the President explained that the ‘Handshake’ does not mean he is supporting Mr Odinga’s 2022 presidential ambition.

He said his relationship with Mr Odinga was limited to the country’s peace.  

President Kenyatta said: “I have never left my party to join another one. You have never heard me say who you should elect. But why do some people think that they should be reminding me every morning on what I should do or not?      

On the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, the President told the politicians to stop speculations about the recommendations of the report. He said that he, too, is not aware of the report’s contents.

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