Kenya: Kenyatta continues to hurl mud at Ruto, and boost Raila

By Jeff Otieno

Posted on Tuesday, 28 December 2021 14:12, updated on Friday, 31 December 2021 10:59
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi, Kenya, November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Monica Mwangi

President Uhuru Kenyatta has in the recent past upped the ante in the succession battle, portraying his estranged deputy as corrupt, overambitious and an outright opportunist. The million-dollar question is: Will the mud hurled at William Ruto stick? 

On 12 December, while presiding over his last Jamhuri Day (Independence Day) celebrations as president, Kenyatta surprised Kenyans by breaking protocol.

After delivering his official speech, he invited his former nemesis-turned-ally, Raila Odinga, “to greet” the crowd. Normally, the president is the last person to speak in such events, but at this one – held at the historic Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi – he did not follow the script.