Vice President William Ruto now claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta has refused efforts to end the animosity between them.
Talk to KTN News on Thursday, July 7, the second-in-command insinuated that he extended an olive branch to his boss who shot him downright even with the intervention of religious leaders.
Ruto – who is vying for the country’s highest office – said religious leaders have taken up the case but Uhuru has rejected their demands for reconciliation.
“The bishops talk to me. They also talk to the president. When they came to see me, I told them that I wanted to talk to my boss. He categorically refused,” Ruto told a town hall meeting in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Akurinu members on Sunday, June 19, 2022.
Admitting the bad blood between them was spiraling out of control, the Kenya Kwanza alliance leader claimed his boss would have humiliated him.
“It’s really unfortunate, and I regret that the rivalry took this turn. I was a very patient person, the kind of humiliation I suffered from my boss, nobody could have If it was Raila Odinga or Martha Karua, they could have done terrible things already,” Ruto lamented.
However, the VP clarified that before the fallout he confronted his boss to get clarification on the accusations of insulting him, adding that Uhuru confirmed he had never been disrespected.
“I actually overheard a discussion with him and asked him directly I hear there’s this story I insulted you can you produce a clip either from intelligence or if it was the night or a private meeting where I said something against you. And he said it wasn’t there because I’m a very cautious person.
Furthermore, the former Eldoret North MP played down claims that he wanted to slap Uhuru, noting that the audio clip was taken out of context.
“Nobody can slap the president, surely. It was a figure of speech. The thing was, the president was almost giving up. I told him, my friend, you’re not going to do a stupid thing like that. That’s what that a true friend is all about.
“When your friend is about to give up, you need to be there to support him, encourage him and tell him not to make bad decisions. In fact, many Kenyans have even quoted the Bible, in Proverbs 27: 6, which says: A slap from a friend is better than a kiss from an enemy.”
Ruto is set to do battle with Azimio la Umoja’s presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, who has the full backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
DP Ruto and Kung’u Muigai, Patron of Kiama Kia Ma, at his Karen Residence on Friday, July 1, 2022.