Why Uhuru skipped Ruto’s State House luncheon

Uhuru skipped Ruto’s State House luncheon after handing power to his successor, William Ruto at Kasarani stadium.

Immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, September 13 skipped President William Ruto’s luncheon at State House, Nairobi.

Uhuru was supposed to attend the luncheon at State House following the swearing-in of the new president, but he left the stadium as soon as Ruto ended his address.

It is unclear why the former Head of State, who supported Ruto’s main competitor Raila Odinga in the last election, missed the luncheon.

Uhuru had already addressed the nation on Monday, September 12, enumerating his achievements, and promised to attend Ruto’s inauguration, which of course he did.

However, it could be a barrage of attacks at Kasarani which prompted Uhuru to skip Ruto’s State House luncheon.

Uhuru endured a barrage of attacks from Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua at Kasarani Stadium.

Ruto was not short of painting Uhuru as a lame duck president who failed to adhere to the Constitution, oversaw an administration that was accused of wastage of resources, and implemented projects which needed to either be abolished or reviewed.

From the unsustainable fuel subsidy, he stated cost taxpayers Ksh144 billion, to the Competency-Based Curriculum and freight operations at the Naivasha Dry Port which Ruto announced would be reverted to Mombasa Port. 

Ruto further resolved the tattered relationship between the Executive and the Judiciary by appointing six judges Uhuru had declined to appoint. 

His Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua launched a scathing attack on Uhuru Kenyatta during his inaugural speech as the second in command after taking the oath of office.

Gachagua charged that the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta turned over power as the nation’s economy was in freefall.

He claimed that the Uhuru administration had left the nation with a bloated economy that President William Ruto’s administration would find difficult to recover.

However, Uhuru was quite humble when Ruto announced that he will continue spearheading peace initiatives in the region.

Uhuru replied by gesturing to Ruto with a peace sign and was captured saying asante (thank you).

“I have asked my elder brother, President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has done commendable engagements with those regions and he has graciously agreed to continue chairing those discussions on behalf of the people of Kenya,” Ruto offered. 

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