Reactions were mixed after Deputy President William Ruto shared pictures with late President Daniel Moi’s press secretary Lee Njiru.
The two were deep in conversation before posing for the pictures as shared on the DP’s social media pages.
He described Njiru as a “star, a legend and a gentleman whose contribution to the public service is worth emulating.”
“Down memory lane with veteran journalist …. His is a story of consistent brilliance, illustriousness, commitment to quality, loyalty and dedication to Service,” the DP wrote.
Njiru is a star, a legend and a gentleman whose contribution to the public service is worth emulating.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) August 27, 2020
Netizens wondered why the late president’s press secretary was hanging out with Ruto who had a strained relationship with the former until his death earlier this year.
Others thought Njiru would come in handy in teaching the deputy lessons in loyalty.
Here are some of the reactions:
Lee Njiru was obedient to Mzee Moi to-date. You should take lessons from him… Otherwise we are celebrating #Katiba10YearsLater. You are pretending to care less…
Reggae only paused! pic.twitter.com/3uNKUYE9y6
— Stephen Ndungu (@KapaiStv) August 27, 2020
He must have written a lot about YOU from since the days when the late Pres. Moi handpicked you from The UoN and tactically introduced you to the World of Politics. He's best placed to author your memoirs sir.
— Alicia Atieno (@Alicia_Akeys) August 27, 2020
But Loyalty is a vocabulary in your dictionaries. It has no meaning…
The way you betrayed your Boss is unforgivable. You should resign with an immediate effect and stop dreaming about Presidency
— Mwangi Francis ℹ (@its_MwangiF) August 27, 2020
In February during an interview with Citizen TV explained why he and his political mentor had a falling out.
According to Ruto, their relationship came to an end in 2005 when he declared his interest in running for the presidency.
Moi, he said, had other plans for the Kalenjin community to which they both belong.
“A small problem developed between me and Moi in 2005. We had a meeting in Eldama Ravine and I declared that I was going to run for the President,” he said.
It was after making his interests known that he and 14 others were barred from ever visiting Moi’s Kabarak home.
“Whenever we were around, we would pass by to have tea with Mzee and say hello. This time around we found the gate closed and we were told Mzee has said ‘he doesn’t want to see you’,” he added.
Now, he (Ruto) and the late president’s son Gideon Moi are seeking to lead the Kalenjin community come 2022 elections.
Ruto is keen to succeed his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta even after Jubilee Party signed a post-poll coalition pact with Moi led KANU.
“…So to avoid any challenge and any ambiguity, the two parties have chosen the path of a post-election agreement to formalise the relationship they already have,” Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju said in May.