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Inside Uhuru’s Meeting With Ruto At State House (PHOTOS)

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President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired a full Cabinet meeting on Thursday, May 12 at State House in Nairobi, alongside Deputy President William Ruto.

Photos shared by State House on social media showed the two leaders seated next to each other, alongside a host of Cabinet members.

The agenda of the meeting centered on discussions of national and international importance.

President Uhuru Kenyatta walking to State House for a Cabinet meeting on May 12, 2022. /PSCU

“His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta is today, at State House, Nairobi, chairing a full Cabinet Meeting during which several matters of national and international importance will be discussed,” State House tweeted.

Insiders privy to the meeting had revealed to the media that the leaders would also talk about the adoption of government policies as well as assess their effectiveness.

The attendance of the Deputy President, which is a rare physical encounter with his boss, raised eyebrows amongst close political circles given that the two have been trading barbs against each other in public for months.

President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs a Cabinet meeting at State House on May 12, 2022. /PSCU

According to Chapter 9 article 152 of the Constitution, the Cabinet constitutes the President, his deputy, the Attorney General and at least 14 Cabinet Secretaries.

However, part of the Cabinet has been attending routine meetings every Tuesday, chaired by Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i.

President Kenyatta last chaired a meeting of this calibre on February 18, 2021, whereby they collectively discussed the Vision 2030 project as well as Jubilee’s Big 4 Agenda. Since then, over 19 bills were brought before the National Assembly, highlighting the importance the Cabinet meetings have in deliberating government policies before implementation.

The most recent spat between Kenyatta and Ruto came on Labour Day, Sunday, May 1, where the Head of State appeared to have accused his junior of being lazy in helping him find solutions to common problems dogging the country.

“Why didn’t you then resign and leave me to search for a person who could help me? Instead of coming to help me, you’re at the market throwing insults yet you call yourself the second-in-command.

“I’m thankful for the old man for coming to assist even though he has his own issues,” he fired.

Ruto responded in a rejoinder by stating that the individuals assigned with steering the Big 4 Agenda had let Uhuru down terribly.

“Sorry, my Boss. I feel your pain. Those you assigned my responsibilities and ‘project’ mzee have let you down miserably.

“They bangled our Big 4, killed our party and wasted your second term. Wao ni bure kabisa (they are pathetic). Boss, I’m available. Just a phone call away. Sadly the last cabinet was two years ago,” he tweeted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Deputy President William Ruto at the AIC Milimani Church in Nairobi on January 26, 2020. /NAIROBI NEWS

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