Deputy President William Ruto was not invited in an event to welcome visiting Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan, his office has said.
The Tanzanian head of state touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday morning with Kenya’s second in command conspicuously missing, as his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta received his counterpart.
Ruto, instead, was in a meeting with religious leaders at his Karen office, missing another key event as has been the norm since falling out with President Kenyatta.
Quizzed about the DP’s whereabouts, Ruto’s Director of Communications Emmanuel Talam revealed that the Jubilee Deputy Party Leader had not received any invitation to be part of the envoy.
This is not the first time Ruto is missing key government events; the most recent being the 2021 Labour Day celebrations at State House Nairobi where he chose to stay away as the President led the nation in marking the day.
The continued disquiet between once political lovebirds is attributed to the March 2018 handshake between Presient Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga who is seen by Ruto as his biggest challenge in his 2022 State House ambitions.