For the past few months, Deputy President William Ruto has been a man under siege.
His position in Jubilee as the second in command has left many wondering whether he still flexes his powers as the president’s principal assistant.
The current circumstances have forced Ruto arrange for his own air transport, even as speculations are rife on his next plans after falling out with Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a two day tour of Mombasa County, the DP used a commercial flight, Kenya Airways on August 28, a decision that raised more questions than answers.
It has now been revealed that the government has blocked Ruto from using state resources for his political tours across the country.
The revelations come at a time the DP continues to face frustrations and backlash from senior government officials opposed to his 2022 presidential candidature.
DP’s Spokesperson told a local daily that Ruto’s decision to fly commercial was a personal
Ruto is wary of his personal security and his team may have advised him against depending on government funded choppers to traverse the country.
Talam further says that his continued frustrations in government has not stopped the DP from supporting Uhuru Kenyatta build his legacy with less than two years to the end of his 10-year term.
“He is not the complaining type. He wants the president to build his legacy and is committed to helping him achieve that,” Talam explained.
On the other hand, Jubilee Party DG who is also Soy Mp Caleb Kositany said that top government officials had forced Ruto to change tact and use his own resources instead of relying on state.
“They have shown him that he is unwanted and he has decided to engage Kenyans from his own pocket if need be,” Kositany explained.
During an interview with Citizen TV on Wednesday, former Majority Leader and DP’s close ally Kipchumba Murkomen revealed that Uhuru’s officers had locked the DP out of his Mombasa official residence, forcing him to plan for his accommodation and that of his entourage.
In the past, the DP would use military planes and choppers to traverse the country for his development tours.