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How politics played out during Madaraka Day Celebrations; Ruto snub to Raila-Karua endorsement

Ruto snub; President Kenyatta skipped DP Ruto in protocol breach during Madaraka Day celebrations.

Politics took center stage during the 59th Madaraka Day celebrations held at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.

President Kenyatta shocked many after he breached tradition and began his address before his deputy William Ruto spoke.

Kenyan tradition dictates that the Deputy President speaks first and then welcomes the President to address the country.

The breach of protocol was deliberate as the president went ahead to recognise other dignitaries present without mentioning his deputy.

Ruto snub

President took over the program after various Kenyans received their awards and invited the visiting Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio to make his remarks.

Interestingly, the Sierra Leone President acknowledged the presence of William Ruto.

During his speech, the President obliquely accused Ruto of grabbing public land adjacent to Wilson Airport, where the Weston Hotel now stands.

The President stated that a private developer had illegally bought and transferred to himself a portion of public land adjacent to Wilson Airport.

“Part of the Wilson Airport here had a title deed registered in the name of a private individual,” he stated.

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Raila-Karua endorsemement

President Kenyatta, in a brilliant attempt to de-campaign his deputy, announced that Kenya will create history in August by electing a deputy president while delivering an account of how his government has guaranteed equality by appointing women.

This was in reference to Martha Karua, Raila Odinga’s running mate in the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition.

“With a CJ, DCJ, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, several Principal Judges being women, Kenya is on the brink of electing the first female President,” he said.

“In August this year, if it is the wish of Kenyans, Kenya is going to have the 1st woman Deputy President in Hon,” Uhuru added.

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