Deputy President William Ruto’s spokesman has revealed that the second in command was not invited to join the head of state and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in their extensive tour of Nyanza to launch projects.
Director of Communication at the DP’s office Emmanuel Talam confirmed that the second in command did not receive an invite for the high-profile tour that has seen his Tanga Tanga troops take to social media in protest.
He also confirmed that the only invite that the second in command received was for the Madaraka day celebrations which will be led by the head of state in Kisumu.
He added that the second will honour the invite to attend the Madaraka Day celebrations that will be held in Kisumu City, Kisumu County on June 1, 2021, but will not take part in launching projects alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“He has been invited for the Madaraka Day celebrations and he will definitely go. For the other projects, he has not been invited. Those are different functions,” Talam said.
This comes at the back of uproar from allies of the deputy president who have claimed that he has been sidelined from the government.
According to a statement issued by State House on Saturday, May 29, President Uhuru Kenyatta will be accompanied by ODM leader Raila Odinga and Burundi President Evariste Ndashimiye.
The Burundian head of state has already jetted into the country for the extensive tour that will climax with the Madaraka day celebrations.
“It’s Madaraka Day for the two handshake partners and their cronies. A very sad situation but everything will change soon, they will never stop the power of God and the people,” Keiyo South Member of Parliament Daniel Rono to Daily Nation on May 31 lamenting on the absence of DP Ruto in the limelight during the launch of government projects.