A tough talking and frustrated President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday broke away from his written speech in what appeared to be a direct message to his deputy, Dr William Ruto.
Speaking at the Nyayo National Stadium as the invited guest at the 2022 Labour Day celebrations, President Kenyatta lamented that he has been accused of various ills by his DP along with other politicians in government.
“Na Wakenya nafurahi kwa sababu mambo yalikuwa magumu… Covid sio Wakenya walileta… ilisababisha vifo vya wengi na wengi pia walipoteza kazi zao. Hiyo haikuwa kwa sababu ya Uhuru au mtu mwingine.
“(Fellow Kenyans I’m glad we made it through, because things were difficult. Covid was not caused by Kenyans… and it led to the death of many and many others lost their jobs, that was not caused by Uhuru or any other person),” the President began.
Tanga Tanga politics led to high food prices – Uhuru
Accusing the DP of abandoning him when he had needed him most, President Kenyatta asserted – terming it as matter of fact – Tanga Tanga politicking caused the increase in cost of living in Kenya and neighbouring nations.
“Na wakati tumejaribu kuona ambavyo tutajiokoa, tukaanza kupata njia ndipo wengine nao wanaanza vita vingine sielewi vimetoka wapi mimi! Na ndio vinasababisha bei ya mafuta kupanda, bei katika nchi zingine kupanda na kutuletea shida zingine.
“(And when we were busy trying to find solutions and save ourselves, at a time we were beginning to see a clear path, others then began to start fights and I don’t even understand what the fighting is for. These fights are the reason why fuel prices went high and food prices in our neighbouring countries are going up and that is creating more problems.)
You didn’t help, you should have resigned – Uhuru tells DP Ruto
President Kenyatta went on to state that he had found solace in working with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, despite their political differences.
“Wakati umefika lazima watu waambiane ukweli. Wewe unajua hii shida si ya mtu, ulikuwa wapi wakati nakuhitaji? Na ndio nashukuru huyu Mzee at least hata kama alikuwa na mambo yake lakini alikuja kunisaidia. Na hiyo ndio ukweli,” Uhuru stated.
He added that Tanga Tanga politicians who were maligning the government at public rallies amounted to inciting Kenyans terming his deputy as a bad leader, with no real solutions to offer.
“Wengine wanaenda huko ku-incite wananchi… badala ya kuja kuniambia nikona njia hii, na hii, badala ya kunipa mawaidha, vile tunavyoweza kujiokoa, wewe uko katika soko, ni matusi na wewe unajiita kiongozi…ati umejiweka kiongozi namba ngapi katika serikali. Uko wapi? Badala ya kunisaidia kuondoa hiyo shida, wewe uko katika soko unasema ulizeni yule. Basi si ungewacha, nijitafutie mtu wa kunisaidia?” he stated.
The president concluded by saying: “Matusi ndio anawaambia na (he is only telling you lies and) empty promises, take them you-know-where. [What matters] is the fruit of your hard work and hayo ndio Mwenyezi Mungu alituambia (and that’s how God sees it).”
Atwoli’s SRC question
Prior to Uhuru’s emotional rant, the president had been addressing a question asked by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli regarding the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
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