Deputy President William Ruto has openly attacked his boss President Uhuru as the already strained relationship sunk to a new low.
Ruto was reacting to reports that President Uhuru had said he would back a candidate from the opposition NASA coalition in 2022 presidential elections when he met a delegation from Ukambani at State House, Nairobi.
In a tweet using both Gikuyu and English languages and political expressions associated with Jubilee, Ruto cried foul that President Uhuru had not found him worthy of support or any of the 8million Jubilee supporters.
Pundits immediately saw the message as a thinly veiled attempt to incite Mt Kenya region against the President Uhuru by use of phrases in Gikuyu language that express shock and disbelief.
“Eucho!! NGAI FAFA MWATHANI!! So, what happens to the Thurakus, the kumira kumira contingent, the 8 million of us?? None, no youth, no woman, no man of the 8M who woke up early and voted 3 times for UK/WsR ticket merit support? Sawa tu! Tutajipanga na support ya MUNGU.’’ Said the tweet.
The tweet caused a huge commotion in the social media space as some celebrated it and others dismissised it wondering why would Ruto be waiting for endorsement from a president has been fighting the whole of the second term.
Others said that Ruto has already formed his own party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) which is already fielding candidates against the President’s Jubilee party and it was therefore hypocritical of him to cry foul should Uhuru exercise his democratic rights and support a candidate of his choice.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said Ruto should not be crying foul because he started undermining the President a long time ago and is actively fielding candidates against the President whenever an opportunity arises.
During the meeting at State House on Monday, Uhuru praised the handshake saying it had allowed him to concentrate on work instead of politics.
He said because of that he had been able to achieve more in his second term that the first term and that Kenyans are witnesses to the great transformation the country is currently undergoing.
The meeting was in preparation for a two-day tour of Ukambani region where he will commission various development projects his government has initiate in the area. The meeting was attended by top leaders from the region led by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, governors Charity Ngilu, Kivutha Kibwana and Alfred Mutua of Machakos County