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Ruto critiques Uhuru’s actions as president

By Wangu Kanuri September 30th, 2022 2 min read

President William Ruto has once again taken a swipe at the previous regime led by former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking while presiding over the opening of the 13th Parliament, President Ruto said, “This only happens in Kenya…the sitting deputy president became the candidate of the opposition and the leader of opposition became the candidate of the government.”

Adding, “As things could be the opposition leader won the election and became president and the president became the leader of the opposition party, that’s the beauty of our democracy.”

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President Ruto and the new changes at State House. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Head of State has commended Kenya’s democracy saying that at the heart of it, are Kenyans who are the ultimate decision-makers.

While delivering his speech in Parliament for the first time, Dr Ruto did a post-mortem of the elections and without mentioning names took another swipe at the events before, during and after.

“The confidence demonstrated by Kenyans in us and our institutions should inspire us to do more. The elections marked the coming of age of Kenya’s democracy, with a closely contested election.”

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He continued, “We managed to dislodge ethnicity, personality cults, tribalism and nepotism, and in the process herald issue-based politics.”

Ruto then assured Kenyans that his government is committed to serving all Kenyans in all constituencies and all counties in Kenya.

“That is why my first executive action when I took office was to undo a legacy of acts and omissions that had incrementally undermined the independence of the Judiciary.”

Adding that he would run a transparent government, President Ruto explained, “My administration will rely on oversight from this house to make sure that the public gets value for every cent invested in every policy, project or program.”

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Dr Ruto has insisted on several occasions including after he was sworn in that there will be no handshake in his tenure saying the opposition will play its part as it is in the constitution.

“The handshake arrangement was the biggest fraud on the people of Kenya. It should not have happened.

Once you compromise the opposition, oversight, and the line between the government and the opposition, you are headed in the wrong direction. Many wrong things will happen as it did happen,” he said.

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