President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday took a swipe at his deputy William Ruto daring him to quit instead of attacking the government from within.
In an interview with Citizen TV, the president did not hide his displeasure with the criticism levelled against his administration by DP Ruto.
The president said he was in no certain terms aware of why DP Ruto’s side has chosen the attacks.
The head of state the machinations wouldn’t derail him from the agendas of his administration.
Citing the DP for double-speak, the President said the work for which he was elected must continue.
“The honourable thing is that if you are not happy with it, step aside and allow those who want to move on to do so and take your agenda to the people,” Uhuru said.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it. You can’t on one hand say I am not going and at the same time that you don’t agree.”
Uhuru told Ruto that he “must decide and be principled” in respect of quitting office if he is dissatisfied.
“This is so that you don’t confuse people that on one hand you want to praise the government and yet on the other side of your mouth you’re talking another language.”
“I would hope that people would have the courage to do that instead of throwing stones in the same house that you live in,” Uhuru added.
He told journalists in Nairobi that he had no problem with Ruto building his political base.
However, the president questioned the methods the UDA team has employed in their 2022 campaigns.
“I have no idea of what has transpired except for the fact that he is trying to establish a base for his future politics. I feel it is unfortunate the manner he is doing it is wrong,” the president said.
A candid Uhuru said he was further perplexed at his deputy’s opposition to the BBI saying “the issues informing the BBI are the same ones that brought them together”.
“If I want to now expand that, what is the problem? I we go back to 2013 it has been my agenda of bringing people together,” Uhuru said. “If divisions of 2007 brought us together, what is problem it bring other people on board?” he added.
The President urged for calm saying his move to unite the country doesn’t mean limiting anyone’s chances to succeed him.
“It doesn’t deny you your chances It is not Uhuru who elects, it is Kenyans.”
He further expresser regret that some of the issues sparking the division that has rocked his administration stem from his unity bid.
“What’s the problem if we have a situation everyone that regardless of who wins, no Kenyan has lost?” he asked.
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