With two years to the general elections, the relationship between DP Ruto and President Kenyatta has been seen as facing a collapse.
While President Uhuru had stated during their past campaigns that he was going to support DP Ruto in 2022 general elections, many have been speculating that he might not keep his word as he had promised.
This is due to the fact that the president has now reached out to the opposition leader and they working towards uniting the country through the Building Bridges Initiative which DO Ruto and his allies have blamed as the cause of the wrangles in the ruling party.
For a long time President Uhuru has not spoken about his promise of endorsing Ruto in 2022 as he had promised back.
Yesterday while speaking in France, President Uhuru as reported by the Standard finally spoke about supporting DP Ruto in the 2022 general elections.
Asked about his relationship with his deputy and if he will back William Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022, Mr Kenyatta was non-committal, and said it was not time for campaigns yet.
According to Uhuru, it was the time for him to bring Kenyans together and ensure peaceful elections unlike past ones which have been full of violence.
He faulted those who have misunderstood his new found relationship with Raila Odinga as a means of sidelining DP Ruto.
“There are some who feel that that kind of partnership (with the Opposition) is meant to side line William Ruto.”
President Uhuru further revealed that his focus now was on peace, stability and prosperity for Kenyans and not campaigns.
He further ruled out extending his term as a result of the looming constitutional changes.
“My intention is to do everything I can to bring Kenyans together and to ensure that the next elections shall not be a tense one or that can lead to a potential crisis of ethnicity. That is the reason I reached out to the Opposition.”
When hard-pressed to commit on supporting Ruto in 2022, he said his commitment was to “peace, stability and prosperity” for Kenyans.
The President is in France for a three-day trip that will see him preside over the signing of business deals with the local consortium.
It started with Mr Kenyatta and France’s Emmanuel Macron witnessing the signing of three bilateral agreements, including a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway by the Kenya National Highways Authority and Vinci Concessions.
The two other deals are for the development of a commuter railway line between the Nairobi central business district and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and a 400kV electricity transmission line between Menengai and Rongai.