Deputy President William Ruto has responded to remarks from President Uhuru Kenyatta daring him to resign if he can’t stop criticizing the government he is part of.

Speaking in Kiambaa on Friday, Ruto reminded the Head of State that he is the only one who stood with him when he needed a friend.

“Akufaaye kwa dhiki ndio rafiki (a friend in need is a friend indeed)… When Uhuru needed a friend to stand with him, when no one else wanted to support him because of the ICC cases, or because his father was president, or because he came from Mt. Kenya, I was the one who did,” he said.

The DP further noted that having worked closely with President Kenyatta, he is the best person to take over once he retires.

“Because Uhuru is retiring, who is the best person to finish the good work that we began? Is it Ruto or the Kitendawili person?” the DP posed.

Meanwhile, speaking in Uthiru on Friday, the President questioned why leaders are double speaking on development matters yet they are firmly in government.

“... for a leader to keep employing doublespeak whenever he is addressing Kenyans... on one hand he is saying the government has failed and on the other hand he is saying we as a government has done this and that development,” the president said.

“That is doublespeak, you can’t be speaking of the failures of a government where you serve while at the same time outlining what you refer to as we have achieved as a government. You better resign,” he opined.

Uhuru told Mt Kenya region that Ruto does not love them claiming that the DP lies to the region and asks people to abuse each other.

He further asked the region to wake up and be cautious of being lied to and turned against each other.