Kenya has two Presidents, Uhuru Kenyatta, the head of state and The Supreme Leader H E Raila Odinga, the man who was sworn in as the duly elected people’s president. That Raila is powerful played out today in Narok county where Uhuru led the Madaraka day celebrations; thousands lined up in the streets crying and singing in praise of Raila as his motorcade escorted by Presidential Escort police made its way to the stadium.
The crowds again went into frenzy as Raila was introduced causing serious humiliation to DP Ruto who pretends to be King of the Rift. Narok county is home to Raila’s ODM with pockets of Chama Cha Mashinani and Jubilee handshake section.
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) June 1, 2019
Now, DP William Ruto recently caused a stir when he revealed that they will send Raila’s CV to the UK, so that he can be considered for the vacant position of Prime Minister to replace embattled Theresa May.
According to Ruto, Raila is a retired PM here in Kenya, and since the position was abolished from the constitution, he might need to use his experience elsewhere because he will not get it back any time soon.
“We have a retired PM, and because our constitution scrapped the position, we can send you his CV…,” the DP said during the National Prayer Breakfast at Safaripark hotel on Thursday.
Ruto’s joke was in response to another by Lord Micheal Hasting, the day’s keynote speaker. However, it instead sparked the all too familiar political fury: “I am sure you know the turmoil in our country…do you have a spare prime minister?,” asked Lord Hasting in jest.
But is Raila Odinga really a retired Prime Minister?
On Saturday, the whole nation was switched to the Madaraka Day Celebrations that were held at Narok Stadium in Narok County. President Uhuru Kenyatta led the government and other leaders among them Ruto and Raila Odinga in celebrating the Day Kenya earned its internal self-rule.
As it has been a norm since the new constitution came into being, only the President and his Deputy speak at National events. This means that people like Raila Odinga do not get the chance to speak.
Interestingly, Raila still got the loudest cheer when his name was mentioned in Narok on Saturday. Wananchi in Narok embarrassed Ruto as he stood to speak and mention everyone at the function. They cheered when Raila’s name was mentioned.