Deputy President William Ruto was on the offensive yesterday and went on an attack rampage not only on his political punching bag ODM leader Raila Odinga but also his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It started with a bid to address his generous donations and philanthropy march across the country where Ruto attributed his gesture to his poor upbringing having worn his first pair of shoes in 1981.
“When I went to do my Standard Seven exams, I was barefoot because that was the nature of village life. I first wore shoes in 1981 which my father bought me from Onyango at Sh60 because he could not afford Bata shoes,” said DP Ruto.
He added:“Today as you can see the gentleman who did not have shoes is sitting at the high table with the son of the founding father.
“So, the confession I want to make is when you see some of us go to church, pray, lift up our hands, sometimes shed tears, make this or that contribution it is because we cannot forget where God has brought us from. I beg you to understand. Some of us have more to thank God for.”
That statement did not just rub the head of State the wrong way but also many from his turf who interpreted the DP meant Uhuru became President owing to his privileged background.
Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu joined Moses Kuria in castigating the DP statement saying
“PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL, ALWAYS.
Never ever, in their presence and even if true, insinuate that your boss holds the position because of privilege and nothing else. It is an insult that they won’t forget, nor forgive’ – (stolen)
It makes it even worse when you do it before the world, and then go ahead and explain how you on the other hand have come from so far – and are blessed by God – to the point you are now sharing the same table with those who got there through privilege.
If nothing else it shows how much better you think you are, than your Boss. (But isn’t that what the problem really is here?)
As for the rest that was said … let me allow Hon Kuria’s statement below to speak on my behalf.
That was not all, sources Uhuru was further airked by Ruto’s move to hit at Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC and Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) in front of President
Uhuru has been on forefront in fighting corruption and has always defended EACC and DCI in the war.
Ruto move to disrespect the two institutions for challenging clergy not to receive bribes did not go down well with Uhuru.
So annoyed was Uhuru that his speech lasted less than three minutes.
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