Nairobi News


DP Ruto a no-show at Uhuru assignment

Deputy President William Ruto who was scheduled to preside over Huduma Namba launch in Kakamega has set tongues wagging after failing to show up for the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta simultaneously launched the card in Machakos County while former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was in Mombasa.

Former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi was in Kajiado and former VP Kalonzo Musyoka in Murang’a for similar assignments.

It is telling that the DP, who is Mr Kenyatta’s principal assistant did not honour the assignment, which had been well publicised.


In fact, Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohammed (Sports), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution), who were at hand to receive the DP did not have full information on his whereabouts.

Mr Wamalwa told the crowd that the DP appears to be engaged elsewhere and had sent them to represent him.

CS Amina became the de facto chief guest.

On Monday, the High Court allowed the government to launch the Huduma Namba registration but with several tough conditions pending the hearing and determination of a suit against the programme.

The State was barred from forcing Kenyans to register and from using the data to withhold any services or bar anyone from accessing public facilities.

In addition, the government cannot also share the collected information with international bodies.