Emerging details indicate that Deputy President William Ruto deliberately skipped President Uhuru Kenyatta's function in Mombasa on Monday.

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Uhuru who has been in Mombasa since the December holidays presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the Mama Ngina Waterfront Project. 

He was joined by opposition leader Raila Odinga who has also been on holiday in the region, but missing was Ruto who, according to initial reports, was to attend.

According to the Standard, the DP deliberately decided to keep off in protest against the presence of Raila who seems to have overtaken him for Uhuru's trust lately.

The daily reports that the latter read malice in the joint meeting and boycotted it “because it was promoting selfish interests”.

During the function, Uhuru boldly told off Jubilee politicians opposed to his close movement with Raila after their March 9, 2018 truce.

He termed the former Prime Minister a selfless leader who has shelved his political desires for the good of the nation, hitting out at Jubilee members opposed to their unity as anti-unity campaigners.

“Kenya does not belong to one or two people, but all of us. If your interest is to serve the public, then why are we differing? I will continue to laud my brother Raila and some other Opposition leaders who have refused to serve selfish interests in favour of public good,” Uhuru said.