NAIROBI, 30 January 2021 – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he owes no one but the people of Kenya and will use the rest of his term to serve them.
He spoke from Sagana in Mount Kenya region Saturday on the second of his four-day tour of regions and only 24 hours after denying suggestions that he would not support his deputy, William Ruto, to succeed him as president.
“I have never said I will not support William Ruto. Why do you keep insulting me?” Uhuru had said Friday during his first stop in the Central region.
“Some people keep saying I made a promise to them. No, I only have a promise and covenant with the people of Kenya,” Uhuru told a crowd Saturday during his stop in Mt Kenya region.
“That is the promise I am implementing. Ask your guy why he can’t allow me to do my work and keeps coming back for the baton, instead of waiting for his turn,” Uhuru added.
Just 24 hours earlier, the Kenyan leader had asked: “I said ten-ten, but when did my ten-years end?”
The insinuation being that for as long as his term is not yet fully served, there is no reason to evoke his successor.
“I have been busy with work, doing what you asked me to do,” Uhuru said Friday.
The Kenyan leader added: “The rest have been making noise.”
Uhuru promised to use the time left on his term to ensure that there is no more bloodshed after elections in Kenya.
The country’s presidential of 8 August 2017 was marred by serious post-election violence in which over 1,000 people were slaughtered.
The belief is widespread in Kenya that President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto sealed an agreement for Ruto to back his boss during his two terms and count on his boss backing his bid to govern the country for two terms as well.