, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – “Whether I am in Togo, I am still the President of Kenya.”
That was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s message on Tuesday when he responded to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko who self appointed himself the acting President last Friday.
The President who jetted back in the country on Monday evening from Togo dismissed Sonko’s utterances that sparked outrage when he said he was the third top most person in the absence of President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
“Don’t bother what people say at funerals, weddings and all these other issues,” the President said.
He explained that only time he ceded power to his deputy Ruto was in October 2014 when he travelled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.
The ICC had said that during his appearance in court, President Kenyatta would be recognised as a suspect and not the President.
It was during that trip that he announced that Ruto would be in charge.
“I have only on one occasion left the Office of Presidency. Only once when some people took me to some funny court out there and I signed a piece of paper leaving my deputy to act as President … any other occasion wacha media waseme vile wanataka, (Let the media say what they want) don’t be bothered by small things,” he stated.
Sonko on Friday said he was acting on behalf of President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto, utterances that threw him into serious trouble to the extent of being ordered to record a police statement by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“President Uhuru is in Togo. Deputy President William Ruto ako France, I am number three in command. Politically, influence wise and socially. I am now the acting President of the Republic of Kenya,” he said.