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Uhuru Dares Ruto to Quit Instead of Attacking Government

THE STAR 08/23/2021

The President urged for calm

President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. Image: FILE

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday took a swipe at his deputy William Ruto daring him to quit instead of attacking the government from within.

In an interview with Citizen TV, the president did not hide his displeasure with the criticism levelled against his administration.

The president said he was in no certain terms aware of why DP Ruto's side has chosen the attacks.

He told journalists in Nairobi that he had no problem with Ruto building his political base but questioned the methods the UDA team has employed.

"I have no idea of what has transpired except for the fact that he is trying to establish a base for his future politics. I feel it is unfortunate the manner he is doing it is wrong," the president said.

A candid Uhuru said he was further perplexed at his deputy's opposition to the BBI saying "the issues informing the BBI are the same ones that brought them together".

"If I want to now expand that, what is the problem? I we go back to 2013 it has been my agenda of bringing people together," Uhuru said. "If divisions of 2007 brought us together, what is problem it bring other people on board?" he added.

The President urged for calm saying his move to unite the country doesn't mean limiting anyone's chances to succeed him.

"It doesn't deny you your chances It is not Uhuru who elects, it is Kenyans."

He further expresser regret that some of the issues sparking the division that has rocked his administration stem from his unity bid.

"What's the problem if we have a situation everyone that regardless of who wins, no Kenyan has lost?" he asked.

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