– A number of distinguished leaders in the country attended the Kipkeino Classic Continental Tour athletics at Nyayo Stadium
– Among them was DP William Ruto, CS Kobia and Raila with Uhuru, who is out of the country, being represented by the CS
– Kenyans were confused on why Uhuru would choose Kobia to represent him and this further unmasked the widening cracks between the two top leaders
The Kipkeino Classic Continental Tour athletics happened on Saturday, October 4, and a number of distinguished leaders attended the colourful function at Nyayo Stadium.
Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Gender Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia were some of the attendees who graced the event.
With President Uhuru Kenyatta being out of the country, it was expected that his deputy who was also in the stadium would represent him but Kenyans were puzzled after the head of state opted Kobia to Ruto.
Taking to her Facebook, the CS said she was the one representing the president in the event and she even delivered his speech.
“I was honoured to represent H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, as the Chief Guest during the Kipkeino Classic Continental Tour athletics event held at Nyayo National Stadium earlier on today.
“Also present during the event was Deputy President, H.E. William Ruto and Former Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga,” she said.
Kenyans were puzzled while others did not see any problem with the CS representing Uhuru in the state function.
Here are some of the reactions:
During the event, photos shared on the ODM leader’s official handle showed Raila and Ruto all smiles as they cheered Kenyan athletes in an event that heralds a new dawn for Nairobi’s desire to host more high profile one-day competitions.
Though the two political rivals have been at each other’s throats in the recent past, they seemed cordial with each other as they enjoyed the race.
Ruto sidelined in government
Kobia’s representation of Uhuru revealed the widening cracks between the first in command and his deputy.
On Monday, September 28, Ruto snubbed an important national event which was to determine whether the economy would be fully reopened or not.
The second in command’s seat remained empty in the COVID-19 conference at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
His allies defended his absence and said he had been sidelined by the Jubilee government all through the planning of the mitigation of the virus.
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