Former President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, July 24 urged President William Ruto to make the most out of his first five years in power amidst the latter’s recent clampdown on the former’s family.
During a meeting with news editors, Uhuru warned the Head of State that having the highest power in the country is a temporary affair that if not used well, can have long-standing consequences on the reputation of the person that wields it.
Furthermore, Uhuru advised Ruto to run the country effectively and leave matters concerning his family alone, arguing that he did his best to hand over power at the end of his 10-year term in 2022.
“My advice to President Ruto is that power is fleeting and temporary, do the best for the country.
“It is your work to run the country, not me even if I did not support you. I did my best and handed over power when my term ended,” he stated.
He also claimed that Ruto has not yet reached out to him since taking over the State House but gladly expressed that he would respond if Ruto was to ever reach out to him, citing instances where he sought the wisdom of his predecessors, the late Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi when he was in power.
“On President Ruto, I can’t invite myself to talk with him but if he reaches out to me he is my Prezzo and I will go. I went to Moi and Kibaki regularly to seek advice,” he added.
Uhuru also distanced himself from claims that he is funding the anti-government protests called by the opposition Azimio La Umoja coalition, saying, “I am puzzled by claims that I am funding Azimio protest, for what benefit?”
President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Kenya Kwanza politicians have for several days and several times accused Uhuru of funding the anti-government demonstrations, claims Uhuru has denied.
Uhuru also appealed for the government to keep his mother, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, out of any political victimization