The remarks by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, January 9 on two communities ruling Kenya during the burial ceremony of ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi’s mother, Hannah Mudavadi, continues to elicit mixed reactions from a section of leaders in the country.
The president while dismissing Deputy President William Ruto’s hustler versus dynasties narrative started that it is time for a different community to rule the country.
Uhuru said that if the thinking was that some individuals should not run for political office because of their family background, then he could as well say that the same should apply to the two communities that have ruled the country since independence.
“If that is the thinking or the logic, then even I can stand here and say that it is only two communities that have ruled the country and maybe it is time for other communities to rule,” said Uhuru.
Weighing into the matter, Jubilee Vice Chairperson David Murathe, a close ally to the president, defended the head of state.
Murathe said on Sunday, January 10 that he had finally been vindicated by the president.
According to him, he has always told Kenyans what Uhuru wants but people have not been taking him seriously.
The Jubilee vice chairman said that Kenya cannot be taken as a ping pong game between two communities and that it was time for other communities as well.
“I have been saying these things but you people have not been taking me seriously. The leadership of this country cannot be a ping-pong game between two communities. What will become of the others,” Murathe asked?
This is as even DP Ruto and his allies launched attacks at President Uhuru for his statement which they said was tribal and could bring violence in the country.
Speaking at the House of Hope Church in Kayole, the Deputy President described Uhuru’s sentiments as overtaken by events and degenerative.
“We cannot degenerate (to this level) because when I supported Uhuru, it was not because of his tribe but his agenda. I supported him knowing very well that Kibaki was Kikuyu. It was deliberate so that we end this politics of tribe and hatred,” said the DP.
Ruto further narrated how political leaders tried to stop him from backing Uhuru because he was the son of the founding Head of State, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
“Many people, including those who were in Western yesterday (Saturday), questioned why I was supporting him when he was from the same tribe as Kibaki. Some were telling me not to support Uhuru because he’s a son of a former president,” he said.
His also criticized the president, expressing shock that it had come from their leader.