President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday, presided over the passing out parade of Kenya Defence Forces Recruits at Moi Barracks in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
Over 3,000 soldiers graduated from the Recruits Training School (RTS).
The head of state was received by Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago, who introduced him to local leaders when he landed at the venue of the event.
Conspicuously missing from the function was DP President William Ruto, who at the same time, was meeting with Jubilee leaders from Kakamega County at his office in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Uasin Gishu County to preside over the passing out parade of the Kenya Defence Forces Recruits at Moi Barracks in Eldoret. Over 3,000 soldiers are graduating today from the Recruits Training School (RTS) | @kdfinfo pic.twitter.com/I6bBYBQhBC
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 11, 2019
Former Kakamega Senator Dr Boni Khalwale, who was among the leaders, said they “held morning consultations with the DP William Ruto at his office”.
According to Khalwale, the meeting focused on the development of Kakamega County.
Today the top leadership of Kakamega County @JubileePartyK, held morning long consultations with the DP, @WilliamsRuto at his office.
Agenda: Development Projects in Kakamega pic.twitter.com/41hNnDUkRK
— Dr Boni Khalwale, CBS (@KBonimtetezi) September 11, 2019
It is expected that Uasin Gishu being the home county of DP Ruto, he would be the one to welcome the head of state, but this was not the case.
Following the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga, things have not been so rosy at Jubilee which has since split into two camps.
One faction, Tanga Tanga team supports DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid and the other group, Kieleweke, is opposed to the bid and supports the handshake.
After coming to power in 2013, Uhuru and Ruto got the admiration of many for the bromance they displayed in the public.
The two would accompany each other to events clad in matching white shirts and red ties. They would hold each other’s hands and laugh uncontrollably at any slight joke.