Three years after the once good relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto started deteriorating, frantic efforts to bring together the two leaders have started.
The engagements, which started a few weeks ago, are now at an advanced stage and are led by top senior politicians together with top religious leaders drawn from different denominations in the country.
As learned by The Kenyan Herald, efforts to reunite the two emerged immediately after the National Prayers Day held at State House Nairobi on Saturday last week where the difference between the two leaders was out in the open for all to see.
This was evident after the two sat different seats apart, separated by the first lady and later left each using a different exit without exchanging warm pleasantries as witnessed in the past.
According to insider reports, the quest to bring the two together is led by two Catholic Priests, who have reportedly held separate lengthy talks with both the President and the DP.
A bishop, who sought anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, was quoted saying the talks were progressing well and that they were hoping for good results from the same as soon as possible.
“We started the process of reaching out to the leaders. The talks are fruitful but not concluded. We pray for unity and reconciliation,” stated the bishop as quoted by a local publication.
It is reported that the religious leaders met the president on Thursday last week. According to reports, Uhuru is said to have expressed concerns about insults directed to his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta by Ruto’s allies among a host of other issues.
Another 5-hour meeting between a Cabinet Secretary from the Rift Valley, religious leaders and the Deputy President was reportedly convened on Sunday night at William Ruto’s Karen home.
According to the Star Newspaper, sources within the DP’s office said the team was led by Catholic Archbishop of Nyeri Anthony Muheria and included retired AIC Bishop Silas Yego and CITAM Bishop David Oginde.
The following Monday, Ruto flew to his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu county to meet with religious leaders from the Nyanza region.
Immediately after meeting the group, Ruto is said to have flown back to Nairobi and met the bishops again before going to a private meeting. It is not clear what they agreed upon.
The effort to reconcile the two was evident as witnessed on Saturday during the national prayers.
The situation was different from the norm.
For instance, it was the clergy who welcomed the President instead of the Deputy President who by protocol invites the head of state to speak.
Intentions to re-unite the two according to reports, have been intensified by the fact that the international community is closely monitoring the current situation in Kenya.
It is reported that investors have started shying away from the country owing to the political differences between Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto.
This was clearly stated by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who recently warned of dire consequences should the two continue pulling apart.
“President fighting his deputy is not merely a Jubilee political joke. In international business terms, that’s called political risk. It’s terrible. Being a nation that has borrowed heavily, the shilling will keep falling and we shall pay heavily. Investors are already on wait and see the state,” he tweeted.
According to insider sources, President Uhuru and his delegation to France a week ago could not secure some lucrative deals as investors in Paris said they only could invest in Kenya after the 2022 General Election. Violence and instability were termed as the greatest fear by the French investors.
Corruption cases at the country’s medical supplier agency, KEMSA and the disappearance of medical pieces of equipment donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma foundation are said to be one of the reasons international communities are finding Kenya to be an undesirable business and investment destination.