Deputy President William Ruto was apparently invited to the COVID-19 National Conference held at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC) on Monday.
The conference during which COVID-19 containment measures were deescalated was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Also in attendance was opposition leader Raila Odinga, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, Chief Justice David Maraga among others.
Missing was the DP whose seat was placed next to that of the head of state to his right.
DP Ruto allies have claimed that the “hustler” has been sidelined when it comes to matters COVID-19 hence there was no need for him to attend this particular occasion.
But according to State House Spokesperson, Kanze Dena, the second in command was indeed invited to the summit.
“State function programmes are done once someone has been invited and confirmed attendance. I don’t do the invites, but the information we have is that he was invited,” Kanze told the Nation.
On the other hand, Ruto’s director of communication Emmanuel Talam denied claims that his boss was invited to the event during which Kenya’s six-months fight with Coronavirus was discussed.
“I’ve no idea [why the programme showed he was scheduled to speak]. He’s rarely invited to Covid-19-related events. That’s on record. I don’t know about yesterday’s. But it would be interesting for anyone to suddenly realize that the DP is a stakeholder on matters of national importance,” Talam said.