As the conflict in Tigray continues to destabilise Northern Ethiopia, many fear the region could be pushed deeper into famine, after an airstrike ... on the capital of Mekelle today has threatened the lives of more innocent civilians, injuring dozens and killing three in two airstrikes today, according to reports from the BBC.
In 2014, Kenyatta appointed Ruto as acting president after the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered him to attend a status conference on his crimes-against-humanity case in The Hague.
The two had won the fiercely-contested presidential election a year earlier, despite facing trial at the ICC for their alleged role in the post-election violence that engulfed the country in 2007, leaving 1,300 people dead and 600,000 homeless.
Kenyatta had asked the court to allow him to attend the conference virtually or be represented by his lawyers, but the court rejected the request maintaining that he must appear in person – a decision that irked him and his supporters.
“Let it not be said that I am attending the status conference as the president of Kenya. So, to all those who are concerned that my personal attendance of the status conference compromises the sovereignty of our people or sets a precedence for the attendance of presidents before the court be assured this is not the case,” the president told parliament before signing an executive order appointing Ruto as acting president for 48-hours, while he was away in the Netherlands.
In a show of trust in his deputy, the president handed over the instruments of power, including the presidential limousine, to his deputy before leaving the country.
Upon his return, the president showered his deputy with praise, saying the respect of Kenya had remained intact while he was away. “I had no fear because I know we work closely with my brother (Ruto). Why fear your colleague? We have to learn to trust one another,” the president told a crowd that turned out to welcome him back home.
Fast forward to 2021, the bonhomie that existed between the two is long gone. They no longer appear in public wearing similar-colour bespoke suits, exchanging niceties or giving each other high-fives.
Instead, they accuse each other of being responsible for the deteriorating relationship and the ills bedeviling the government.