Renowned political analyst, Mutahi Ngunyi, has advised Deputy President, William Ruto, not to fear US President Barrack Obama, who is visiting Kenya on Friday to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi and hold bilateral talks with his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Opinion is divided on whether the most powerful leader in the world should meet Ruto who is facing crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
But Mutahi is of the opinion that Ruto should prepare himself on Friday and forcefully meet Obama at JKIA because he is Uhuru’s deputy.
“If I were Ruto, I would put in my best suit and the best smile and proceed to JKIA, line up next to Uhuru and let Obama refuse to shake my hand. That way, Obama will be the loser and Ruto the winner,” Mutahi said.
In May when U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited Nairobi, Ruto featured nowhere in the top level Kenyan delegation led by Uhuru that met the American leader.
But Mutahi said Kerry is not Obama and Obama should meet Ruto because he is the co-host of the summit.
“That was Kerry, and Kerry is not Obama. There is no way Obama will decide who he wants to meet and who he doesn’t want to meet. The Presidency is a pair, how does he shake Uhuru’s hand and ignore Ruto? That will be contemptuous of the choice of Kenyans at the ballot,” said Mutahi
He concluded by saying if Ruto refuses to meet Obama and get busy somewhere , that is admission of guilt and Obama will have won.
“If Ruto decides to go to Muranga or Nyeri for a Harambee to stay away from Obama, it will be seen as an admission of guilt. Ruto must do everything to shake Obama’s hand,” he said