Barely days after Nairobi senator Mike Sonko framed himself ‘acting president’, kenya’s sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally spoke
Speaking at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, October 18, Kenyatta said Sonko’s “acting President” remark as a non-issue that should not be given much prominence by media.
“Don’t bother about what people say at funerals, weddings and all these other issues. I have only on one occasion left the office of Presidency. Whether I am in Togo, I am still President of the Republic of Kenya. Only once when some people took me to some funny court out there and I signed a piece of paper, leaving my deputy (William Ruto) to act as President; any other occasion, wacha media waseme vile wanataka kusema (Let the media say what they want).
“Don’t be bothered about small things my friend. Tunaelewana (Are we together on that)? So this is the President speaking, and he is speaking from Nairobi; whether he was in Togo, he was in charge,” said President Kenyatta to the applause of the convention attendees.
The President spoke this when hosted the Accountability Summit – a convention which brought together different stakeholders in the media, clergy, security department, government agencies, business community.
The summit was to discuss perennial and emerging issues like corruption and insecurity respectively –, Uhuru said regardless where he is, he remains the elected President of the Republic of Kenya – so long as he is still in office