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Kenya: William Ruto’s deepening frustrations and the 2022 reality 

By Son Gatitu
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:10

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto leave after delivering a statement to members of media at State House in Nairobi
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto in happier times. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RC1C84AF2AB0

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has dared his nine-year deputy William Ruto to quit government, complaining of months and years of criticism levelled against the administration. Kenyatta’s call joins a chorus of those opposed to Ruto’s ascendancy to the presidency. It also follows a campaign of humiliation against the vice president and his entourage.
Is it time for Ruto to call it quits - or will he plough on with his ambitions?

In a rare interview with media editors in Nairobi, Kenyatta broke his silence and called for his deputy’s resignation; the first time he is doing so despite several provocations by Ruto. “I have an agenda that I was elected on, and that work has to continue,” Kenyatta said on Monday 23. “It would be the honourable thing – that if you are not happy with it – that you would step aside and allow those who want to move on [to] move on and then take your agenda to the people.”