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Ruto: Uhuru did not invite me to crucial State House meeting

Deputy President William Ruto was Thursday locked out of a key Executive meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Jubilee divorce gets acrimonious.

But the DP said he only skipped the meeting because he was not invited.

At the high table next to the President sat Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i—seen as ‘Uhuru’s Mr Fix It’. Matiang’i chairs the powerful National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.

Ruto’s communications director Emmanuel Talam said his boss cannot skip government meetings if invited. 

“As far as I know, the Deputy President was not invited. But State House can clarify,” Talam told the Star.

However, when contacted to shed more light on the issue, State House spokesperson Kanze Dena simply said: “No comment.”

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries in what State House said was to “discuss government priorities for the current calendar year”.

Dena said the meeting deliberated on the status of ongoing national government programmes covering Big 4 agenda and Vision 2030 flagship projects.

For weeks now, CSs have been visiting projects across the country as they race against time to deliver the President’s legacy projects as they fight-off claims Uhuru had failed.

“Further, the President instructed the officials to ensure prudent utilisation of public resources in service delivery, saying Kenyans must always get the highest value return for their money.

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