Former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has come out to shed more light on the frosty relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DP William Ruto.
Murkomen was at pains narrating how the friendship between the former ‘dynamic duo’ had deteriorated to a point the President no longer relies on his DP for advice on governance matters.
While speaking on Citizen Tv on Wednesday night, the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator said Uhuru has been using the pretext of coronavirus pandemic to side line the DP.
“He hasn’t been inviting him to very important meetings nor has he been giving him any task. Let us stop trying to hide behind diplomacy, the fact is that the President is persecuting his deputy,” Murkomen asserted.
The vocal DP ally went on to say how the President had suddenly changed from the person he was before he entered into a handshake deal with Raila Odinga in 2018, just a year after him and Ruto battled it out with Raila in a fierce 2017 presidential elections.
To date, Murkomen has never understood the exact reasons for the downfall of Ruto’s friendship with the president.
“What is this one sin that washes away all the good things DP Ruto has done for the President?” he asked.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) September 2, 2020
In an emotional confession to Jeff Koinange, Murkomen narrated how Uhuru had in the recent past thrown Ruto out of the official Deputy President residence in Mombasa.
On the arrests of Ruto friends, Murkomen said it was the president himself issuing the orders to intimidate and harass the DP’s allies.
“What became of Uhuru Kenyatta that today he chased William Ruto from a house in Mombasa. He is the same person who has been ordering the arrests if anyone associated with the DP” narrated the senator.
Murkomen further reminded Jeff everything the DP had done and sacrificed for the President, and in particular the campaign for the presidential re-run days after Chief Justice Maraga had nullified the election results.
In a past interview with Citizen’s Joe Ageyo, the DP said that they had mutually agreed with the President for him to take a back seat and allow Uhuru Kenyatta build his legacy as his term comes to an end in 2022.
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