Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uhuru snubs DP Ruto again in Madaraka Day protocol change

Deputy President William Ruto failed to address Kenyans during Madaraka Day celebrations on Wednesday, the first time such a snub has taken place since President Uhuru Kenyatta took office in 2013.

This was seen by the Kenyans as a culmination of the bad blood between Dr. Ruto and President Kenyatta, who avoided sharing a table at the recent national prayer breakfast.

Kenyan, expecting to listen to the DP on his last Madaraka day as deputy president, watched President Kenyatta after the presentation of state awards, the program briefly closed and invited the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, to speak.

Earlier on, President Kenyatta omitted his Deputy William Ruto from a brief state house event before his address to the nation on the occasion of the 59th Madaraka Day at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi.

Instead, the DP was left behind for miles at Uhuru Gardens while President Kenyatta danced away with the state house choir after hitting his entire cabin et.


In response to his absence, Emmanuel Talam, Ruto’s spokesman, said the DP was not invited to the State House.

“He was not invited to the State House event”, said Talam.

In the brief ceremony, the President publicly demonstrated his joyful mood as he led the way and danced to the strains of patriotic songs accompanied by the House of State Choir ahead of his final Madaraka Day celebrations .

Along with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the President also invited his Cabinet Secretaries to a brief meeting while they joined in the dance.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ruto arrived early at Uhuru Gardens to receive the President of Sierra Leone, Juluis Maada Wonie Bio. President Bio is in the country on a five-day visit.

In the State House, President Kenyatta thanked his cabinet for going on the journey with him and said he was confident they had laid a solid foundation for those who want to be come after that.

“I want to thank you, because we worked well together. It was a pleasure and honor to have you with us,” said the Commander-in-Chief.

“I am confident that we have laid a solid foundation for those who come after us and continue to will build a brighter company and a more prosperous Kenya from where we left off,” he added.

He said he was looking forward to a great Madaraka Day celebration, which would be his last while he joked with his cabinet.

“Mine is just to say thank you. We look forward to a great day for all of us. It will be my last Madaraka day,” said the President.

In his address, the President said he was so proud of what his two-term government has achieved .< /p>

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you. We worked well together. It was a pleasure and honor to have you with us. And I am confident that we have a solid foundation for those who will come after us to continue building a bigger, brighter and more prosperous Kenya where we left off,” said Uhuru.

Am Venue of The Madaraka Day celebrations were attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua, who were joined by other politicians.

Also Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart , Ken Lusaka.

This will be a special event for the President as it will be his last National Day address as President before the August 9th election.

Uhuru, who too Patron of Azimio La Umoja One is The Kenya Alliance has presented Raila as the best man to succeed him, in what his deputy called a betrayal.