Deputy President William Ruto and his wife Rachel Ruto no-show at the Sunday’s beyond zero half marathon organized by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has raised eyebrows.
Unlike the past editions, Ruto and his wife opted to skip the entire event that took place at the Nyayo National stadium.
The two have been ever-present at the beyond zero half marathon ever since its inception in 2014.
— #KenyaFirst (@InsecurityKE) March 8, 2020
This has further fueled the theory that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the DP have had an irreconcilable falling out.
The President graced the event that marked its fifth edition on Sunday and managed a 2.6km race before he was received at the finish line by the first lady.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) March 8, 2020
First lady Margaret Kenyatta did not, however, take part in the race.
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka were among politicians present at the event.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi County for the 5th Edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon 2020 @BeyondZeroKenya | #BeyondZeroHalfMarathon #IWillRun pic.twitter.com/nFrmXfZ5dE
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) March 8, 2020
According to State House, the aim of this year’s edition is to improve maternal and child health and to reduce new HIV infections among children.
“The intervention areas include zero maternal deaths, zero child deaths, a healthy lifestyle for the elderly, zero new HIV infections and zero child marriages,” Statehouse wrote on its twitter page.