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Deputy President William Ruto fails to Speak at Madaraka Day fete

For the first time in the history of the Jubilee administration, Deputy President William Ruto missed a chance to address guests and to invite President Uhuru Kenyatta to speak during Madaraka Day celebrations.

It has always been the unwritten tradition that Deputy President takes charge of the programme where he invites speakers, then makes his remarks before inviting the President to speak to the nation.

Instead President Kenyatta awarded national honours for outstanding service rendered to the nation to various individuals and then invited the visiting Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio to speak after which he went on to deliver his address.

The 59th Madaraka Day is President Kenyatta’s last national holiday address as the president ahead of the August 9 elections and therefore he may have wanted to keep campaign politics from the fete. However this move caught many Kenyans by surprise and will continue to dominate conversations as Kenyans head to the August elections.

Only last week the Deputy President asked the President to forgive him for his shortcomings as the second in command during the National Prayer Breakfast held at the Safari Park Hotel.

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