Deputy President William Ruto forced to cut short his speech.

By Susan Njire

  Deputy President William Ruto was today forced to cut short his speech due to technological challenges. He was delivering his remarks at the covid-19 virtual conference which was also attended by president Uhuru Kenyatta and council of governor’s chairman Wycliffe Oparanya. A few minutes after he started speaking, his screen went blank with multiple attempts to restore his network but were futile.

The deputy president was supposed to invite president Uhuru to close the conference when the hitch occurred thus the task was moved to Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya after deputy president was disconnected. In a brief remarks Ruto hailed President Uhuru for steering the country in the difficult times of the covid-19. He said,“I want to start by thanking the president for his steadfast leadership in mobilizing both state and non state actors in responding to the pandemic. This coordinate effort has produced results that now we are talking about flattening the curve.”

The conference was one of the rare instances where the deputy president has been involved in the government’s handling of the covid-19 crisis. He added,“Your Excellency some very difficult decisions have had to be made. But it is fair to say that Kenyans in their majority have responded to the government decision and complied with the safety measures that have been put in place.”

Ruto had recently admitted being left out in the running of the government saying it was a decision made and agreed with president Uhuru. He also added that he did not have  complains about the new situation as he joked that he would no longer be blamed for the alleged graft in management of the covid-19 menace.

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