Just days after William Ruto was declared president-elect, it has emerged that he prophesied his presidency three decades ago.
According to Mzee Daniel Moi’s longest-serving press secretary, Lee Njiru, the outgoing deputy president made the prophecy at JKIA’s parade square.
It happened shortly after the former Head of State returned from an official visit to the United States of America in 1990.
Njiru said that moments after Mzee Moi left the airport, Ruto stood at the pavilion where Moi would salute before inspecting the guard of honour and said that he would do the same too.
“He told me, Lee, watch this space. One day I will inspect a guard of honour from here. I will take a salute from here as the President of Kenya. That is what crossed my mind the moment he was declared the winner by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati,” Njiru said.
Njiru stated that following his election as president, he wants Ruto to take the salute and inspect a guard of honour from JKIA once he is sworn in.
“I want to remind the President-elect, Dr Ruto, that if he is sworn in, he should take the salute from JKIA at the parade ground. That is what I asked him. He promised me that. His dreams have come true, and he should honour his promise,” he added.
Njiru also praised Ruto for managing to clinch the top seat despite insults and humiliation, noting that the DP has taught him a lesson on overcoming challenges.
“Fate has decreed that he is my leader. I accept that wholeheartedly, and I wish he would stick to his words so that there would be no political revenge. He has been insulted, vindicated, and maligned, but as they say, you don’t throw stones at a tree that has no fruits.
“By ascending to power, the President-elect has proven one thing. With focus, resilience, perseverance, and consistency, there is no unsurmountable hurdle. He has made history. He has become a role model for young people. He has shown even a little-known village like Sugoi can produce a president,” he said.
In other news, constitutional lawyer Steve Ogolla has explained why outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta has yet to congratulate Ruto.
Ogolla said that by congratulating Ruto, it might be interpreted as Uhuru being content with the outcome of the election.
However, the lawyer said if Uhuru speaks on Ruto’s win as president and not the Azimio chairman, it would not affect Raila Odinga’s dispute over the election results.
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“He could say – at this advanced stage, the commission has made a declaration of the president-elect, I join them in congratulating him but this does not mean endorsement as finality – and create a balance, so that he doesn’t put Raila Odinga politically embarrassing situation
“But also he cannot overprotect Raila to the extent that he compromises the tranquility and cohesion of the country,” Ogolla said.
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