Ruto slap: Uhuru says he was willing to give up presidency after Supreme Court nullification

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 8 Jul, 2022 19:17 | 2 mins read
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. PHOTO/COURTESY
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. PHOTO/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally broken his silence over claims that deputy president William Ruto almost slapped him.

Speaking to the clergy on Friday, the head of state noted that he was willing to let go of his re-election bid after the Supreme court nullified his win to stop bloodshed.

Uhuru and Ruto

"If they had slapped me over power, I would have given them the other cheek to slap. Yes, I wanted to go back to Ichaweri because I couldn't compare power with bloodshed,

"These seats we occupy (Presidency) are not more valuable than human life. I had said yes, I will not see more people lose lives because of a seat," he stated.

Audio of Ruto's confession leaks

Uhuru's sentiments come barely five days after Suna East MP Junet Mohammed played an audio clip of the second-in-command confessing how he almost slapped his boss in 2017.

In the audio that went viral, Ruto was heard saying he pushed Uhuru to participate in the repeat presidential polls after losing a petition at the Supreme Court in 2017.

This was after the president had suggested that he was not keen on taking part in the repeat poll.

Ruto responds to Uhuru slap allegations

Ruto however responded to the leaked audio stating that he pushed Uhuru because he did not want him to lose the presidency to the then NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

"Even if I forced Uhuru Kenyatta to be President, is there a problem? Azimio supporters should stop this nonsense.

"They are spreading a recording saying that Ruto forced Uhuru to be president. If you were me, would you have let him abandon us with the way we had pushed him?" Ruto said at the time.

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