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VIDEO: Why Ruto pushed Oscar Sudi away in an embarrassing moment of breach of protocol

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Kenya’s President William Ruto swiftly swung into action on Friday to maintain protocol during the funeral service of the late World Marathon Record holder Kelvin Kiptum in Keiyo South.

The epic scene was witnessed wards the conclusion of the service held at Chepkorio showground in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the President led family, friends, relatives, and various led in giving the champion a dignified send-off.

Following protocol, leaders, including the President and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, were the first to be allowed to leave the venue for the burial at the athlete’s home. The President and the Deputy President walked side by side, accompanied by MPs and Cabinet Secretaries.

During the procession, the Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi, who was second on the President’s right-hand side and next to the Deputy President, appeared to be engaged in a conversation with the President. In an effort to give the President his full attention, Sudi moved closer, displacing Gachagua in the process.

 

However, the President quickly extended his hand to maintain a distance between himself and the MP, allowing Gachagua to move back into position beside him.

A video capturing this moment circulated on social media, with many Kenyans commending the President for upholding protocol. According to presidential protocol, the President and his deputy are given priority to leave official or public events before other leaders and the general public. The Deputy President is expected to remain second in command even while walking, and a junior government official or any other leader should not be next to him.

Executive Order No. 1 of 2023 outlines the order of seniority after the President and Deputy President, which includes the Prime Cabinet Secretary, the Attorney-General, Cabinet Secretaries, the Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service, Secretary to the Cabinet, Principal Secretaries, Comptroller of State House, the Private Secretary to the President, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy President, and the Chief of Staff to the Prime Cabinet Secretary.

Sudi is said to be close to President Ruto and has on several occasions not shied away from portraying himself as such.

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