President Uhuru Kenyatta is an adult, it is not a must he supports me – William Ruto
President-elect Dr William Ruto on the night of Wednesday, September 7, 2022, said that President Uhuru Kenyatta was a grownup and he had the right to either support him or not.
Speaking during an interview with CNN on Christiane Amanpour’s show, Dr Ruto said that he has never sought the support of President Kenyatta as he had a right to make the choices he wanted on matters of politics.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is an adult, it is not a must that he supports me,” Dr Ruto said.
In Kenya, one is considered to be an adult after they attain the age of 18 and they are usually issued an Identification Card.
Dr Ruto, who is scheduled to be sworn in as the Head of State on September 13, 2022, further revealed that President Kenyatta had not congratulated him even though he had won the election which was conducted on August 9.
“Unfortunately, President Kenyatta has not seen it necessary to congratulate me. Maybe he is a bit disillusioned or maybe he is unhappy that I defeated his candidate, but that is the nature of politics,” the outgoing Deputy President said.
He made the statements just hours after President Kenyatta said that he will hand over the tools of power to DP Ruto while smiling but his preferred leader was Mr Raila Odinga who contested for the presidency under the Azimio la Umoja coalition.
Speaking during the Azimio Parliamentary Group meeting at Maasai Lodge on Wednesday, President Kenyatta further said that he as from Tuesday next week be an ordinary citizen who has a right to have his preferred leader.
Commenting on the just concluded elections, President Kenyatta said that the country had missed an opportunity to elect a person who would have united and healed the country.
According to Dr Ruto, the two had a cordial telephone conversation whose main focus was on how the transition of power will take place.
“We discussed the just concluded general election and the transition as envisaged by our democratic tradition and practice,” Dr Ruto said in a statement.