I’m Not a Con – Uhuru Declares While Taking Swipe at President Ruto

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained he is a staunch member of Azimio la Umoja Coalition which is headed by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking at a church fundraiser in Mwingi on Sunday, the former Head of State also took a swipe at his successor President William Ruto’s administration.

Holding nothing back, Uhuru revealed that he and some opposition leaders had received threats and blamed for the failures of the current government despite not playing any part in formulating its policies.

However, the the former President, who was deputised by Ruto in the last administration, explained that he had grown immune to threats and blame games.

President William Ruto receives instruments of power from his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Kasarani Stadium


“I am no longer scared. We have been threatened and told a lot of things. Each time someone fails in their mandate, they blame the previous government. I am used to the blame and life continues,” he told the enthusiastic congregation.

“I am not a conman. I always tell people I am an Azimio member and that is where I belong. My stand has not changed. You should be a politician with a stand who can always be trusted.”

Uhuru, who was accompanied by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, implored other leaders to put the needs of Kenyan citizens before their own.

“Let us not allow politics to divide us. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the nation and end poverty,” he stated.

“For servant leadership, we are in the positions that we are in and God has given us those positions not for ourselves but to serve others.”

As part of his visit, the former Head of State also held a brief meeting with Kalonzo before joining the congregation for the church service.

Since handing over the instruments of power in September 2022, Uhuru has largely stayed out of the public eye opting to concentrate on his role of restoring peace in DRC.

A section of leaders allied to the President had accused the previous regime of leaving empty coffers hence making a transition for the current regime difficult, which forced Ruto to remove subsidies on basic products.

One of the affected basic commodities, fuel, saw a spike in price as a result forcing Kenyans to dig deeper into their pockets just to get by.

The regime later lamented that the subsidies the Uhuru administration had promised maize millers had also not been fulfilled by the time of handover, making continued operations difficult.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) joins Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti for the fundraiser of Full Gospel Church, Mwingi on November 19, 2023.


Pauline Njoroge

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