President Uhuru Kenyatta's departure to China on Tuesday was one surrounded with secrecy that has not been witnessed in Kenya for quite some time.

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Uhuru left the nation without any formal communication, and at the same time, his deputy William Ruto, was not at the airport to see him off.

It now emerges that the nation might have been left without a President for few minutes, with Ruto's aides hinting that he was out of the nation at the time.

The DP's aides have since told the Standard that the DP  was away for the Easter holidays, but has since taken over. 

“He arrived back in Nairobi on Tuesday night. He was not around, but now he is in charge,” an aide told the Standard.

Uhuru is attending the Second Road and Belt Initiative (BRI) forum alongside 40 other heads of state, and has been accompanied by African Union infrastructure envoy Raila Odinga.

Raila laid the trip bare last week in Kisumu, at a time when Uhuru was all silent about it, revealing that they would embark on the trip together.

"I will be part of the delegation that will accompany the President to the Asian country next week. The new SGR line will extend from Naivasha to Narok, Bomet, Sondunand finally Kisumu," Raila said in Kisumu County.

He is also expected to collect a Sh368 billion for the completion of the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).