Uhuru ,Ruto exchange hearty gestures on Mdaraka day fete amid seemingly serious divisions in Jubilee party

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,1ST JUNE,2020-President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto  met at State House Nairobi  on the occasion of the 57th Madaraka day celebrations  and exchanged hearty greetings  a move that has left Kenyans talking considering the recent happenings within the Jubilee party.

The  two leaders  could be seen conversing as they headed towards one of the State House balcony where the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Second Lady Rachael Ruto sat, away from the main dais.

Monday’s appearance during which the two leaders dressed in matching ties elicited mixed reactions, the DP seemingly having adopted a more reassuming tone in his speech, reiterating his support for the Head of State.

“Your Excellency, as a people we are confident that under your leadership, the government will take the necessary decisions to ensure we mitigate and minimize the effects of this pandemic,” Ruto, remarked during the 57 Madaraka Day celebrations, an annual commemoration of Kenya’s attainment self-rule.

“No government has experienced the kind of challenge COVID-19 has caused to our country. Every Kenyan is now part of the big army to deal with COVID-19. This pandemic has made everyone realize our inadequacy and what God can do.”

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Mrs. Rachel Ruto follow proceedings during the 57th Madaraka Day Celebrations at State House Gardens, Nairobi/PSCU

Ruto’s remarks came at a time of intense speculation over the deteriorating relationship with his boss the peak of which saw the Jubilee Party make far-reaching changes in the leadership of the Senate, dethroning Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a key ally of Ruto, from the Majority Leader position.

The Jubilee Party has also instituted disciplinary proceedings against members allied to Ruto who have been accused of undermining President Kenyatta’s agenda.

Ruto spoke after Council of Governor chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya who called for more collaboration between the two levels of government.

And unlike in the past, musical performances were limited to pre-recorded programs which were discontinued once the President walked in, to inspect the guard of honour.

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