Deputy President William Ruto has opened up on his experience at Wilson Airport saying the State House wants to belittle him.
On Monday, Ruto was blocked from travelling to Uganda by Immigration officials who said he did not have clearance from his boss, President Kenyatta.
In an interview with a national vernacular radio station on Wednesday morning, Ruto said the event was a culmination of the four years onslaught targeting him and his allies, occurrences he blamed on the entry of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake partners.
Ruto said he was surprised to be asked documents he has never used when seeking clearance for the past nine years.
“What happened at Wilson is part of the onslaught on me in the supremacy fights in the ranks of Jubilee,” the DP said.
The Deputy president said he has been sidelined in government for quite some time.
“This was to belittle me. I was not in any way attending any government business. It is my private business,” said the DP.
He accused all those involved in the circus saying they have no maters of Kenyans at heart.
“What was to happen in Uganda continued without me,” he added.
Ruto said he cannot accept such unfounded accusations of disrespecting the president.
On Tuesday, senior government officials said Ruto will not be allowed to travel out of the country without written permission from President Uhuru Kenyatta from now on.
The officials said the State House issued the new orders soon after Ruto returned from Zanzibar barely two weeks ago.
With about one year to the next general election on August 9, 2022, the wedge between Uhuru and Ruto is rapidly expanding.
The two are not on speaking terms. In fact, the President is rallying the opposition to unite and defeat the DP.
On Tuesday, furious Ruto allies accused the President of taking revenge against his deputy for his rising political stardom, including victories in recent by-elections.
“The President has blocked the DP from performing his official duties and now he is blocking him from his private engagements. This is a ridiculous show of deep insecurity and tactlessness,” Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said.