NAIROBI – Kenya Vice President William Ruto has on Monday evening confirmed that the state, in which he is the number two citizen had denied him from flying to Uganda.
He also hinted he was set to have a private meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
According to the Nairobi based Star Newspaper, Mr. Ruto, who is an enigma in the Kenyan politics said: “I have been stopped from flying to Uganda because the system believes only the children of the rich and famous can fly to foreign countries to dine with presidents. But we have God and will overcome. I am putting the tribalism and dynasties on notice that our patience has run out and we will not take any more humiliation. Let them face me openly instead of hiding behind their lowly serfs in the civil service.”
Accompanying Ruto was Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi.
According to Sudi, the deputy president was stranded at the Wilson Airport since midday and, out of impatience, left the airport for his home.
“We were held for more than 5 hours at Wilson Airport together with the Deputy President William Ruto. Our flight was scheduled for midday but the so called Deep State failed to clear the DP. Speaker JB Muturi cleared us together with my colleague Ndindi Nyoro since our flight was private,” said the MP.
Mr. Ruto will now need state clearance before visiting Uganda in a private capacity.
The Vice President is known to have close ties with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and it would appear he wants to milk the relationship ahead of an anticipated bruising presidential bid for the Kenyan number one office.
Mr. Ruto has fallen out with President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the upcoming Kenyan elections.