Deputy President William Ruto has blamed his political foe Raila Odinga for the Jubilee government’s shortcomings, describing him as an “advisor” who deceived President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He spoke in Bungoma during a Kenya Kwanza rally accompanied by co-principals Musalia Mudavadai and Moses Wetangula.
Without naming names, Ruto said that the Jubilee regime’s delivery has been on a downhill slope since President Kenyatta dismissed him and joined up with Odinga.
“Kitendawili man (Odinga) has been pretending to be an advisor to President Kenyatta. The head of state has told us that things have hit a snag. If they have failed in a small thing like advising a sitting President, can they run a government?” he posed.
Ruto further claimed that he is not to blame for Kenyatta’s poor performance because his responsibilities were “delegated to failures.”
“I will not carry the cross of failures in the delivery of manifesto pledges for the Jubilee government,” he said.
Kenyatta took a swipe at his Ruto for what he termed as incitement of Kenyans and bashed him for deserting him in the hour of need.
Speaking during the Labour Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium, the President, without mentioning name, blasted his deputy for faulting him over the rising cost of living yet he is not the cause.
He attributed the current situation to issues beyond his control like the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict stating that the DP and his allies have been misleading the nation about the true state of affairs regarding the economy.
“Instead of helping me find solutions to issues affecting our people, you are out there in the markets hurling insults and you call yourself a leader, yet you claim that you hold a senior leadership position,” Kenyatta said.
He said Covid led to a loss of jobs and affected many businesses in the economy.
“It is not Kenyans who brought the Covid-19 pandemic that cost loss of lives and jobs. But even as we try to bring back order and revive the economy, others have begun wars that are completely out of nowhere,” he said.