In a surprise breach of protocol during the Jamhuri Day celebrations of 2023, key government leaders deviated from the customary procedures as they left Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.
Traditionally, after the President’s speech, he officially departs followed by the First Lady and then the Deputy President. However, when President William Ruto concluded his address to the nation, he was followed by his wife, Rachel Ruto, and then by Musalia Mudavadi, the Head of Ministers.
According to the emcee, Mudavadi’s convoy was supposed to follow that of the First Lady as he was allegedly “scheduled to welcome guests at State House in Nairobi.”
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua followed Mudavadi’s convoy.
This deviation from protocol raises questions about presidential protocols and leadership, especially during national events.
Upon leaving Uhuru Gardens, Ruto was accompanied by Mudavadi, Gachagua, and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja.
The Jamhuri Day 2023 celebrations, led by Ruto, were attended by distinguished foreign guests, including President Hussein Ali Mwinyi of Zanzibar (Tanzania) and President Sahle Work Zewde of Ethiopia.
Others in attendance were the Vice President of Burundi, Prosper Bazombanza, and Uganda’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, Rebecca Kadaga.
The event, commemorating Kenya’s 60 years of independence, was also graced by ambassadors.
Recently, Mudavadi has been seen representing President Ruto on various foreign trips, raising questions about the relationship between Ruto and his deputy.
However, Gachagua has repeatedly claimed that he and Ruto are still together.
At one point, he was quoted questioning why he is sent abroad when a need arises, stating that his happiness lies in serving Kenyans by remaining in the country.
Gachagua, popularly known as Riggy G, refers to himself as “a loyal supporter of President William Ruto.”
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