In Summary
  • Deputy President William Ruto said Jubilee is determined to unite all Kenyans.
  • There have been claims that President Kenyatta has delayed naming his full Cabinet because of the DP’s alleged unhappiness with the list.

  • Mr Ruto also asked Jubilee leaders to go slow on the 2022 succession debate, which has divided Mt Kenya leaders on whether Mr Ruto should automatically get the region’s support.

Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday denied claims that there is a rift between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta over the formation of the Cabinet.

“You will not see us dragging ourselves into these petty political issues about who will get what position,” Mr Ruto said on Saturday.

He was speaking in Gathiru-ini village in Githunguri, Kiambu County, during the burial of Mama Alice Wambui, the mother of Mount Kenya University founder and chairman Simon Gicharu.

The DP said Jubilee is determined to unite all Kenyans. “We will not waste time on debates on political issues and issues of power as well as positions,” he said.

There have been claims that President Kenyatta has delayed naming his full Cabinet because of the DP’s alleged unhappiness with the list. But on Saturday the DP assured that all is well between him and his boss.

Mr Ruto also asked Jubilee leaders to go slow on the 2022 succession debate, which has divided Mt Kenya leaders on whether Mr Ruto should automatically get the region’s support.

BE PATIENT

“Let us focus on implementing Jubilee’s manifesto. We (leaders) should be patient with issues and with one another. Let us not rush issues,” he said.

Before Mr Ruto spoke during the funeral, leaders from Kiambu sought to assure him of their unconditional support in his bid to succeed President Kenyatta.

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