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Cooldown your pace, Uhuru tells off DP Ruto over early campaigns

Cooldown your pace, Uhuru tells off DP Ruto over early campaigns

President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a jab at his deputy, William Ruto, castigating his early political campaigns ahead of the 2022 general election.

His latest salvo at his deputy solidifies a rift that has existed between the two, an unimaginable scene that was never expected in what appeared to be an ever-lasting bromance when they first formed the Jubilee government in 2013.

While conferring the city status to Nakuru Wednesday, President Kenyatta told off his deputy to cool down his State House race, saying it was never about a sprint but a marathon.

“Uongozi sio mpira ya kuchezwa kwa kiwanja…uongozi sio sprint, ni marathon…wewe utakimbia hapa by the time ukifika pale mbele pumzi imeisha, lakini mzee amekanyanga pole pole akuje akupite bado ukiwa kwa barabara,” said the President.

Uhuru, seemingly, rooted for ODM party boss Raila Odinga who is also vying for the presidency and reminded Kenyans that the State House job was not about age but intellectual upright of an individual.

He also asked Kenyans to patiently choose their leader who will succeed him next year, not based on a platform of youthful leadership and promises of mega economic revolution.

“Mkikuja muambiwe huyu ni mzee hafai, ati tunataka kijana, sijui huyu ako namna hii ama namna ile, mtu anachagua kwa ubongo, uongozi uko kwa akili,” he said.

Today, Odinga is aged 76 while Ruto is 54.

Uhuru praised his March 2018 grand handshake deal with Odinga saying that those who did not understand the benefits of peace in the country are the ones who have been attacking him.

He admitted that the country lost over Ksh.1 trillion to political violence before that handshake.

“Mimi wengine wananilaumu ati nilienda kutafuta ndugu yangu Raila ati tuongee, nataka niwaambie wakati tulikuwa na vurugu katika nchi hii, taifa letu limepoteza zaidi ya Ksh.1 trillion kwa sababu ya watu kutoroka…mtu hawezi kuweka pesa mahali ambapo vurugu,” said Kenyatta.

Odinga is expected to make a formal declaration to run for the presidency on December 9, 2021, an event he invited Nakuru residents to come and walk the path with him.

“I am inviting people to come to Nairobi on the 10th of this month where we shall be talking about Azimio la Umoja ya watu wa Kenya,” said Odiga.

Even though Uhuru has directed salvo at his deputy for early campaigns, Odinga has also been on a campaign trail making inroads in different parts of the country, popularising his 2022 presidential bid, and so have four OKA principals.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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