Governors, state officials, and Cabinet Secretaries boycotted today’s IBEC meeting, leaving Deputy President William Ruto with egg on his face. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support for Raila Odinga has further divided Vice President William Ruto, who is now seen as a cabinet outsider.
This is a disgrace because Vice President William Ruto is the formal chair of IBEC due to his position and authority. Kenyans elected Deputy President William Ruto, but he has been left to his own devices when it comes to the country’s government.
Despite being invited, Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and his Treasury counterpart Ukur Yatani declined to attend the meeting with DP Ruto. Only Josphat Nanok, DP Ruto’s campaign manager, was present at the meeting.
After President Uhuru Kenyatta clasped hands with Raila Odinga, cabinet secretaries and other government officials chastised Vice President William Ruto. The more lower-ranking officers disparage Ruto, the more political clout and sympathy votes he receives.