The simmering bad blood between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto could not be spelt clearer than at the cabinet retreat the president convened in Manyani.
On arrival, the president was first welcomed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as Ruto watched from a distance before the head of state bowed to the visibly unamused DP.
The photos shared on the State House official social media pages captures the mood immediately Kenyatta lands at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani.
Ordinarily, it is the deputy president who is supposed to receive the president in such ocassions before he moves to greet the DP's juniors in the government led by cabinet secretaries in their ranks.
The head of state is set to chair a cabinet meeting, receive progress reports on several national security sector technology projects and preside over an innovation exhibition by young techies.
The cabinet meeting comes amid calls for reconciliation between Uhuru and Ruto but a day after the DP’s allies blasted Matiang’i in Nyamira accusing him of highhandedness in dealing with public meetings against his favour.
Speaking to Egesa FM Friday morning, however, Matiang’i rubbished the claims by Ruto’s allies, saying the decision to deal with political polarisation was made by the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC).