Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has dismissed claims that Deputy President William Ruto has been sidelined in the Jubilee government.
He was addressing sentiments by the DP who on Thursday told Joe Ageyo on Citizen TV that the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term was only to help him build his legacy.
“We had UhuruRuto, it was agreed that we may need to tone down on the Ruto part so that we could have Uhuru stand out as the leader of Government,” Ruto said.
Speaking to Waihiga Mwaura on Friday, Kalonzo said the DP was only playing victim.
“Is he alienated? I don’t agree with such tagging, just because he is playing a victim, does it mean that he is a victim?” Kalonzo posed.
Asked whether the second in command was deliberately missing out on key state functions, Kalonzo declined to respond but noted that he (Ruto) or Uhuru were better placed to answer that question.
Ruto also claimed that the Jubilee Party that was formed ahead of the 2013 general elections had been taken hostage by conmen and political brokers.
“The party has been hijacked by busybodies, conmen and brokers… like Murathe and company, people who have no clue on our philosophy, they were nowhere, we appointed them to those positions, their word has now become the party position,” DP Ruto said.
He also hinted at jumping ship as the 2022 elections draw closer.
“When the President disagreed with Kanu, he formed TNA and when I was done with ODM, I formed URP. In politics, there are always options and I will employ them at the right time,” Ruto told the Star.
Uhuru’s point men from Mt Kenya region have encouraged the DP to leave the party.
“If he feels that the party is being run by conmen, then I would actually expect of him to leave the party now and join a party that is not run by conmen,” Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu told the DP.
Ruto is keen on taking over from Uhuru but the handshake between the latter and ODM Party leader Raila Odinga foiled the plans.