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Ruto scoffs at claims of rift with President Uhuru

Mercy Mwai  and Josphat Kinyua @PeopleDailyKe

Deputy President William Ruto has scoffed at claims of divisions between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta following his absence during the naming of the Cabinet last week.

Ruto urged Kenyans to give Uhuru the space to perform his constitutional duties to assemble his team.

In a tweet posted on his official Twitter handle, Ruto told Kenyans to avoid useless debate about positions including the 2022 succession debate and instead focus on development.

Reads the Tweet: “Kenyans, more so Jubilee, should avoid useless political debates about positions including 2022 and focus on delivering our manifesto voted by the people while allowing the President space to perform his constitutional duty to assemble the team for us.”

His sentiments came even as three leaders from the Central region refuted claims that there are emerging divisions between the two.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, has refuted claims that there is a fall out in the Jubilee government after Uhuru unveiled the first batch of his second term  Cabinet in the absence of Ruto.

Speaking after attending a church service at PCEA King’ong’o, Kuria downplayed the allegations saying there was no crisis in government. He cautioned media and the public against reading too much into the issue.

“Let us not create problems where there is none,” cautioned Kuria, saying those raising speculations were caught-up in the old days of governance.

Kuria said the government was intact with every decision being made in consultation and consensus between the President and his deputy.

“Those claiming that there are division are daydreamers since we are intact as government and every decision made is in consultation with both Uhuru and Ruto,” said Kuria

He, at the same time, supported the retention of the six Cabinet Secretaries, saying it was a good move that would go a long way in signaling continuity of economic growth.

“For me as member of finance committee retention of CS Henry Rotich is a good move since we will be able to continue with program that will ensure success of UhuruRuto big four pillars of economic growth,’’ said Kuria.

Behind Uhuru

He, however, told Nyeri MP Wambugu Ngunjiri on the face that his assertion that its not a must for the region to support Ruto as both  misguided and aimed at creating media attention.

“It is the high time my friend Wambugu you stop dramatising things one when we say the region is behind Ruto we mean it and that is it,’’ said Kuria.

His sentiments were supported by area Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, who asked Kenyans to give the President time and space to unveil the whole Cabinet before raising concerns.

Kahiga said the county was solidly behind the President and his choice of leaders as he called for the area to be also considered in one of the Cabinet slots.

“We voted for the President and it was fair that  we also get a share of the pie in national leadership,” he said.

His assertion comes in the wake of media reports that DP Ruto’s camp was unhappy with the Cabinet list leading to his unexplained absence at State House during the naming of the Cabinet on Friday.

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