President Uhuru Kenyatta has strongly denied that he has sidelined his Deputy William Ruto.
Speaking during an interview with France 24 on Thursday, October 1, Uhuru said that his government had an agenda to deliver to Kenyans before 2022, insisting that “this is not the time to start campaigning”.
Uhuru said that his intention is to do everything he can to bring Kenyans together and leave a united, peaceful nation behind and therefore his decision to reach out to the Opposition.
Uhuru cagey on supporting Ruto
When asked whether he will support a DP Ruto’s presidency in 2022, Uhuru was cagey with information, insisting that time is still not ripe to start politicking.
“My commitment is to peace, stability, and prosperity for the people of Kenya. Once we are over that hill, once we now start talking about elective positions, you can ask me that question,” said Uhuru.
Uhuru categorically said that he will not be seeking any other mandate come 2022.
Uhuru on CJ Maraga’s advisory to dissolve Parliament
When asked on the recent advisory from Chief Just David Maraga to dissolve Parliament over failure to enact the 2/3 Gender Rule, the first in command says that it is a regrettable situation but refused to answer whether he will heed to the advisory, saying that the matter is currently in court.
President Uhuru said that in a democratic society where citizens elect leaders of their choice, the 2/3 gender rule is not easily achievable, quoting an example of the USA and France who are still struggling to achieve that.
President Uhuru also denied claims that the U.S military has sought authorisation to carry out drone strikes within Kenyan territory. Uhuru insisted that there has been no such request from the U.S military.