Feb, 19th 2021 – Deputy President William Ruto says he was excluded from a key executive meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The meeting that was attended by Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries, and Principal Secretaries, discussed government priorities for the current calendar year.
In the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i sat at the high table right next to the President, a seat that the Deputy President would have taken.
Statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena added that it also deliberated on the status of ongoing national government programs covering the Big four agenda and Vision 2030 flagship projects.
In a statement, Dena said, “Further, the President instructed the officials to ensure prudent utilization of public resources in service delivery, saying Kenyans must always get the highest value return for their money.”
It added, “The head of state urged the officers to embrace teamwork and unity of purpose to deliver the promise of a better and prosperous Kenya for all.”
Ruto’s communications director Emmanuel Talam said his boss cannot skip government meetings if invited further asking the State House to Clarify.
When asked why his boss did not attend the meeting, he said that Ruto had not received an invitation. Mr. Tallam said, “My boss was not aware of the meeting. As far as I know, the Deputy President was not invited. Let State House clarify.”
The meeting comes after Uhuru publicly challenged Ruto to resign if he is not satisfied with the Jubilee administration which he clapped back at him saying he will not quit.