The perceived animosity between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto was reignited online on Monday after ‘awkward’ greetings at the Parliament Buildings.
The two leaders, who have not been seeing each other eye-to-eye literally for the last few months, finally met during the public viewing of fallen former President Mwai Kibaki’s body at the Parliament Buildings.
However, when they finally met, President Uhuru just greeted DP Ruto by using a gesture and avoided a conventional handshake.
In a move that has left Kenyans in speculation mode, the Head of State held his hands together as if in prayer and bowed towards Ruto’s direction while forcing a smile.
Interestingly, President Kenyatta was spotted shaking hands and chatting with Kibaki’s family inside Parliament moments later, dispelling the notion that he was maintaining COVID-19 protocols.
DP Ruto’s camp slammed the President for what they termed as ignoring fellow leaders as the incident further proved the latest strained relationship between the two former allies.
Do you think there is much into how the two leaders exchanged pleasantries in a cold manner? Or is this just a normal gesture taken out of context?
Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Person Allegedly Chosen To Be Raila’s Running Mate
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have crafted an unlikely political partnership that has taken the country by storm with the two now leading the charge against deputy president William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza alliance that also has Mudavadi and Wetang’ula.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Mt Kenya backyard are said to be angling towards producing a running mate for the Azimio la umoja One Kenya coalition party now that the region is not anticipated to produce a presidential candidate.
Raila Responds After Plans to Block His Presidency Emerge
Azimio-OKA presidential candidate and ODM leader Raila Odinga has finally responded to a petition seeking to bar him from contesting the presidential race in August.
Raila has filed a response to the petition by Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot who wants the former Prime Minister to be blocked from being on the ballot on grounds that he is still a public servant.
Why Ruto Doesn’t Want to Name DP Before Raila Names His
With less than three days to go, presidential aspirants with their gubernatorial counterparts are in jitters following IEBC chief Chebukati’s announcement yesterday that they must name their running mates within 72 hours.
Team Kenya Kwanza led by Deputy President William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula is allegedly waiting for Raila to disclose his running mate before they can name theirs.