Deputy President William Ruto has now stated that he is ready to bury the hatchet with his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta and move on together.
Speaking on Thursday, September 16, the second in command extended an olive branch to the President, making it clear that he is ready to end the bad blood that exists between them unconditionally.
He welcomed the call made by Catholic Bishops to mediate talks with the aim of bringing them together, insisting that he is ready for the reunion process any time he is called upon.
He blamed their fallout with the president on his political enemies, arguing that he still respect the head of state as his boss. Ruto maintained that the reunion will enable him to help Uhuru to continue with the development agenda they promised to deliver to Kenyans.
“The bishops have said that they want to mediate talks to reunite me with President Uhuru Kenyatta. I’m ready for the talks without attaching any conditions. He is my boss,” he stated.
He added,” I am ready without conditions any moment because we were elected by Kenyans together and they gave us the responsibilities of running the government for the stipulated time.”
He bashed at other lawmakers who had taken advantage of his drifting apart with Uhuru to ride on the government and its achievements asking them to wait till the 2022 General Election.
“You want to come and ride on a government you did not create. They should go out and seek those votes as we did and they will also find me outside there,” Ruto remarked.
The bishops expressed concerns that disagreements between the two former political allies could result in political intolerance between their supporters spread across the country.
“We are deeply concerned that if this open disagreement between the President and the Deputy President is taken up by their supporters, the trickle-down effect it could generate across the Country will be dire to even contemplate,” 23 bishops meeting in Nairobi under the banner of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) stated on Wednesday, September 15 in a statement.
“In a young democracy like ours, it is important that there is unity among the top leaders as this gives confidence to the people,” the bishops, who included Archbishops Anthony Muheria and Philip Anyolo said.
The church leaders expressed fear that the enmity of the two leaders would spill over to 2022 resulting political turmoil.
“The public exchanges that are being witnessed are dangerous for the prevailing peace and tranquillity in the country and cannot be taken lightly. They are already creating anxiety among the people and have the potential to ignite political turmoil if not addressed with immediate effect,” they said.