The Mount Kenya Mafia Already Trimming Ruto To Size After He Delivered Votes!

RUTO FURY OVER LOSING HIS BUDGET

DEPUTY President William Ruto is furious that the financial budget allocated for his office has been transferred back to State House.

Ruto’s office will now have to seek approval from State House for almost every expenditure.

“The Office of the Deputy President is no longer allowed to incur expenditure without approval from the Presidency,” said a senior officer in the Office of the President yesterday.

State House Controller Lawrence Lenayapa referred the Star to the Treasury secretary Henry Rotich whose secretary said he was in meetings yesterday afternoon.

Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu is in South Africa with President Uhuru Kenyatta and did not respond to our inquiries.

Yesterday Ruto summoned Lenayapa, his Principal Administrative Secretary Daniel Wambura, his chief of Staff Maryanne Keitany and other senior officials including his controller of budget and the chief accountant to a meeting in his Karen office.

“The meeting went on and the DP demanded clarification on a number of issues. Lenayapa provided some answers but asked that he consults with the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and the President on other issues,” said a source at the meeting.

It is not clear when Ruto’s vote was moved to the Office of the President but multiple sources told the Star that it was taken away while he was attending his trial in the Hague.

As a result there have been delays in processing allowances for Ruto’s staff, some who have been with him at the Hague.

“The Office of the DP cannot hire anyone without approval from the Presidency and can not buy tissue paper unless it is approved by the same office. We have no idea what this means,” said a URP MP yesterday.

In another meeting on Tuesday, Ruto almost fired Keitany when he learnt that appointment letters of some staff, some in his press service, had been revoked without his knowledge while he was away.

At that meeting senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Charles Keter reportedly pleaded with Ruto to give Keitany a second chance.

“The boss was very upset with Keitany because he could not understand why the letters of appointments had been revoked yet he personally ensured some of them were written before they joined his office. Some of those affected were senior staff who left their jobs to join him when he took over the office,” said the source.

The new staff have gone for months without pay and some have been grumbling about how Keitany has handled them.

The Deputy President is the principal assistant of the President and deputizes for the President in the execution of his constitutional duties.

Article 134 of the constitution states that when the President is absent or temporarily incapacitated, the Deputy President shall act as the President.

When Uhuru’s trial starts at the Hague in February 2014, Ruto will presumably have to deputise for the president for lengthy periods.

Ruto’s office is run by Keitany but also has an administrative secretary, an economic advisor, and an adviser responsible for food and climate change. He also has his private secretary, communication secretary and legal adviser.

Most of these officials deputise equivalent positions in the Office of the President.

The annual budget for the Office of the President is Sh1.1 billion for development and Sh3.1 billion for recurrent expenditure. The allocation given to the Deputy President was drawn from this vote.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-142617/ruto-fury-over-losing-his-budget

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14 comments on “The Mount Kenya Mafia Already Trimming Ruto To Size After He Delivered Votes!

  1. I sometimes wonder if Uhru and Ruto are really friends or are still trying too fix each other. Just like we predicted, at the ICC, every man is now alone. Its a question of dying ones own death.
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    RUTO DENIED ACCESS TO NIS EVIDENCE

    ALLIES of Deputy President William Ruto are demanding the removal of some senior government officials because they allegedly denied Ruto access to information he needed to defend himself at the ICC.

    Ruto’s lawyers requested officials in the Office of the President to give them evidence from the National Security Intelligence Service (now NIS) but they were refused.

    “The DP’s team wanted that information which was gathered by NIS and presented to the Waki Commission. It was held by some other officers in the Office of the President but these people decided not to give us the information. How can you deny the Deputy President information? So who are they loyal to if they are not loyal to the Deputy President? It is unacceptable,” said an MP close to Ruto.

    In an attempt to clear itself of allegations of negligence around the disputed election on December 27, 2007, the NIS may have unwittingly bolstered the ICC case against Ruto and other suspects.

    The NSIS reportedly provided minutes of provincial security meetings dating from 2007/8 and other evidence to the commission of enquiry into post-election violence headed by Justice Philip Waki in 2008.

    In their testimonies to the Waki commission, security officials including Gichangi said the spy agency had gathered intelligence on individuals who organised gangs of Mungiki and Kalenjin before and after the election.

    On July 21, 2008, Gichangi testified that the NSIS had names of politicians who bankrolled the militias and requested to reveal their identities in private.

    “We established they were politicians who were seeking elective posts as civic leaders and Members of Parliament as well as others from the private sector but, because of the sensitivity of the matter, we will avail that brief to the commissioners in private,” the NSIS boss said.

    Gichangi also told the Waki Commission that youths took oaths to commit atrocities after the election with blessings from politicians. He said politicians had sometimes used coded language, asking their people to rise up and get rid of some communities.

    “I want to tell them that we did our part, but the State security agents failed to respond as expected because they were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the violence,” Gichangi told Waki.

    The Waki Commission report also revealed that the NSIS collected information on the planning of violence in Naivasha by Mungiki members and politicians at local and national level.

    The NSIS evidence was included in the Waki report as Exhibits 19 and 19A but was not made public. Ruto’s allies now reportedly want to replace the NIS boss General Michael Gichangi.

    Unconfirmed reports also indicate that Gichangi is lined up to be the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s witness at the ICC when his trial begin next year in February.

    Over the weekend Kericho senator Charles Keter called for the resignation of senior officials whom he said identified and coached witnesses against Ruto.

    He did not name names but it is generally understood that Keter was referring to Interior PS Mutea Iringo and presidential chief political adviser Nancy Gitau among others. Ruto’s lawyers alleged last week in The Hague that they were involved in the collection of evidence against him in 2008.

    – See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-143343/ruto-denied-access-nis-evidence#sthash.zpQTKtqa.dpuf

    • Folks,

      Ruto has come to terms with the reality that the witnesses are repeating the exact information handed to the OTP by the NSIS. They are making the witnesses to look crazy but they are bewildered that the witnesses are corrobarating the info provided in camera by Gichangi and the NSIS. That is deadly and that is what is driving Ruto nuts. Uhuru is not going to listen to him on this. The Gichangis are Uhuru’s real bosses and Ruto is outside that loop. He is Uhuru’s deputy and not co-principal as he imagines.

      • Adongo,
        The very fact that they have refused to give Ruto the NSIS data speak volumes. How are you are deputy president yet you cannot access information that you think is supposed to free you from being jailed.

        Secondly, If Uhuru has nothing to hide from Ruto then why cant he let Ruto get hold of the information. It seems that there are some kind information which probably involves himself (Uhuru) that he does not want Ruto to put his hands on. Perhpas such information would free Ruto while landing Uhuru behind bars. The Kiambu maffia wont let that happen. Never on earth.

        The fact that Ruto has leaked this information to the public is enough to tell us that he wants to put pressure on Uhuru but more importantly he wants to let “his” people know that he is being fixed.

        Which brings me to my last point. Where has the man been all along? Did he not see this coming? Ama he thought that once he helped Uhuru to power he would just order information from the NSIS archives to be brought to his desk. Perhaps he thought that it was Railas name rather than his that are in the documents and that the NSIS wont have problem handing the same over to him.

        This was a marriage of convenience that was not going to end up well.

        The interesting thing is that Uhuru know exactly what the OTP has on Ruto but he wont let him know. What a friend Uhuru is…yes a friend when need arises

      • Adongo,

        Mzee has summed up my exact thoughts. The Gichangis and Karangis are not only Uhuru’s real bosses, the former (Gichangi) will also be Uhuru’s star witness in the ICC case. That’s Ruto’s # 1 conundrum. The same guys responsible for nailing him are busy working for Kenyatta’s legal defense to extricate the President. How then does Ruto dare put their credibility in question just before they testify for the President?

        If Gichangi’s testimony for the President is to be believed by the judges, then Gichangi’s testimony against Ruto (through signed NSIS briefs) must also hold true.

        The only logical conclusion for continued pursuit of Gichangi’s one-stone-kill-two-birds testimony is — Kenyatta must be found innocent, and Ruto guilty.

        Like a deer caught in headlights, Ruto is finally seeing this plot that little Sang fore-warned him about. Ruto’s predicament is the price of greed!

        These are the realities informing the back-and-forth arguments between Ruto’s lawyer (Khan) and side-kick Senator Keter on one hand, and Mutea Iringo, Gitau, Karua et al., on the other.

        Secondly, those bosses are very weary of cantankerous Ruto’s proximity to power. A close observation will indicate they have earnestly began mutilating the Constitution to clip the powers of the Deputy President –by specifically robbing him all budgetary powers over his very office. Those with eyes can see it…but many of Ruto’s supporters are still in shock to believe it.

        The truth is — in Kenyatta’s absence from the country, Ruto is constitutionally empowered to act as President (under the new Katiba). However, this is not being allowed to happen, even for a second.

        It is now clear that Ruto may have attempted to use such vantage during one of the short stints Kenyatta briefly left the country — to request sensitive security briefs (ala NSIS reports 2007/8) from wakina Gichangi. That constitutionally empowered request likely met a solid stone wall. An egotistic Ruto must have been shocked by this brutal reality.

        The Gichangis and Karangis will never be answerable to Ruto irrespective of the new Constitution; which grants the latter executive powers to occasionally act as President and be immune from sacking by Kenyatta. Furthermore, another hurdle (called head of civil service – Mr. Kinyua) has been placed in Ruto’s executive path. DP Ruto must seek Kinyua’s approval before any spending; the perfect excuse being in avoidance of another embarrassing story about reckless spending on executive jets. Ruto’s wings are effectively clipped. His prolonged absence from Nairobi has made it quite easy to seal. His consultative role in governance is diminishing faster than he anticipated — recent appointments have largely proceeded without Ruto’s significant input. To Ruto’s utmost shock, his own appointments in his own office, have been rejected by Kinyua –whose budgetary approval must be sought first.

        It is quite a lonely and hostile place for Ruto up in there — at Jubilee’s control tower — where Ruto suddenly realizes he is basically an irrelevant outsider in the power matrix. He can’t even get hold of an NSIS security briefing of 2007 (6 years ago) to help his own legal case at the ICC. This, in a government he purportedly acts as President occasionally.

        As Mzee quips, didn’t Ruto consider all these antagonistic developments before entering into political marriage with Kenyatta? Did he seriously think Kenyatta would force NSIS bosses to retract their statements? Grapevine has it that Ruto was naively convinced all these witnesses currently testifying against him would withdraw enmasse and leave Bensouda without evidence. He thought his marriage to Kenyatta was 100% sincere with Uhuru being 100% in control of government. He was so wrong!

        Ruto was so convinced Bensouda’s witnesses would flee that he promised Kenyans to prepare for the “shock of their lives” as soon as he lands in Hague for his trial. What instead emerged was a shell-shocked Ruto. Ruto has since been inundated by a relentless and steady stream of well-rehearsed and credible witnesses churning out damning testimony against him. The army of witnesses was prepared under the Gichangi-Iringo-Gitau-Karua matrix back in 2008. They are going nowhere –staying put at the Hague, rolling out testimony after another. It ain’t looking good for Ruto no matter the little spin they try in the press.

        Ruto is slowly beginning to appreciate the gravity of how he is being portrayed to the world through the NSIS-prepared witness processing. He is being painted as a callous and cold-hearted human being when for instance, one witnesses (a hapless woman who lost a child to the Kiambaa fire) connected him politically to the arsonist holding the petroleum jerry can that set the church on fire.

        The woman unwittingly connects the dots revealing that Ruto actually IMPOSED (through political coercion) the same criminal who set the Kiambaa church on fire (which burnt tens of Gikuyu women and children), a man named Chemalan, as the County Representative of that same locality (ward) densely populated by the Gikuyu. The accused arsonist, and now County Rep, flies the banner of Ruto’s URP Party.

        The optics is terrible. Many people never knew such details until the trial. Such details are politically damaging to Ruto and he knows it.

        Your guess is as good as mine how many of Jubilee’s own insiders in TNA are comfortable with these revelations. Could such folks contemplate Ruto IN the apex of power? Be your judge. This is why Ruto is fighting back politically. He is seeing he has been legally cornered, thus his reactive political blackmail. Lets see where this interesting rumble ends. I see Ruto being left hanging high and dry.

      • Job

        Am so looking forward to February when Uhuru is away at the Hague, as to how Ruto will handle his business. Those security meetings will be interesting, some of those cabinet meetings will be equally fascinating. Note also that by February whatever clout he has will have been completely eroded by then. He will not be the Deputy President that the constitution envisaged, but his post will be far much weaker than even during Jomo’s and Moi’s regimes

        By end of January, the weekend Deputy will be totally toothless. We have already seen Duale setting the record straight that no one fixed Ruto, and yet Ruto’s lawyer insists that there is no apology to make.

        So unless Uhuru fires these guys, Ruto will remain toothless.

        So much drama, I doubt any fiction story teller can beat any of this

      • Mzee, the NSIS has its owners. I remember from sometime ago when Ocampo and then Bensouda filed complaints about the information they were getting on requests to the government of Kenya. On the Ruto side, there seems to have been no problem getting NSAC reports, but on the Uhuru/Muthaura side there were all kinds of roadblocks.

      • The Principal Secretary Mr. Mutea Iringo was not thinking straight when he wrote to Karim Khan demanding an apology. Why did he not just walk into William Rutos office and give him a warning against using his name maliciously? We all know that Karim Khan is not a Kenyans nor did he invent the evidence. All we are sure of is that William Ruto furnished Karim Khan with the all evidence including the fact that Mr. Iringo, Ms. Karua, Gitau et al fixed fabricated evidence against him. Why not face the originator of the lies, if at all he is lying.

        William Ruto is aware of the position Mr. Iringo holds. He also understands the man’s closeness to President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. If there was no overwhelming evidence that Iringo invented evidence, I don’t think that Ruto would have so openly called him (among others) out.

        William Ruto speaking through Keter has said that there are ten people in the government who did him in. What the URP Duo is doing is simply pushing Uhuru against the wall. Were it only one insignificant person whose sacking they were asking for, perhaps the president would have acted. But ten? Ruto and co. should just forget it. It aint happening, for that would mean that Uhuru has accepted the fact that people close to him fixed Ruto. I think that the said ten people and their supporters can make Rutos life a living nightmare in Kenyatta’s government. Unlike in the coalition government where ODM would threaten to withdraw to force new elections, these people are stuck. They either accept and move on or quit and be forgotten. In the event that Ruto leaves the government (which he won’t however badly he is treated), Uhuru would simply take a Weak-leaf Mudavadi like person to replace him.

        If Uhuru was a good friend, he should have asked the NSIS to provide every single document that William Ruto wanted to him. But as Blog Admin says, the only way to save Uhuru according to calculation is to fix Ruto. Ruto not being a stupid guy has perhaps figured this out hence his call for “help”. But is anyone listening?

        It is apparent that there is no direct communication about the above matters between the president and his DP, for if there was, we would not be seeing all the dirty linen.

        I believe that Uhuru has only two strategies. (1) Namely save himself first then try saving his “bosom” buddy later. Should the ICC terminate Uhurus case (which won’t happen) then all the archives would be opened for Ruto to use in saving himself. (2) Uhuru is trying all manner of shuttle diplomacy to have both cases terminated so that Ruto does not have to see his (UKs) fingers prints all over the place in NSIS files. The later situation would be the best for it will ensure that both men continue ruling alongside each other for the next 20 years -. What surprises me is that Ruto and friends do realize that Uhuru was part of Uhurus Kitchen cabinet during PEV yet they have completely failed to see the man’s hands in Rutos misery. Perhaps Ruto is guilty but this must have been reinforced by the fixers.

        But the most interesting thing is that William Ruto quit ODM because Raila supposedly refused to support him in Hague related matters. Now, he is the DP and is not even allowed to scan simple NSIS documents. I believe that Ruto believed that all the archives would be open to him, not only because he is a DP but he helped bring in the votes. Kiambu mafia has resurrected and Ruto and co better get used to it. They will be shafted right left and center for the next five years. Uhuru Kenyatta is the most suave leader of the kiambu mafia. He never shows his hands openly. Always smiles with you during the day but shafts you at night.

        Please listen to and digest this song by Micheal Jackson

      • Mzee

        Very well put

        I also want to add here that Khan in response to Iringo, very cleverly threw a legal sucker punch, he says that he does not litigate through the press and stands by his defense team. Specifically he states that he will not engage Iringo or any other through the press and that if anyone has any issues he needs to present him/her self at the ICC. Now that right there is an awesome invite. So clearly if Iringo wants to clear himself, he should then either got to the ICC as an OTP witness i.e to demonstrate that he did not coach any witness and that the witnesses are speaking the truth or go as a defense witness and testify that Ruto as clean kama pamba. Interestingly, none of these Kibaki kitchen cabinet folks is presenting themselves to help Ruto out and they are just lurking in the shadows pretending to support but in reality are hoping Ruto gets fixed.

        Ruto has some real strange friends in his coalition partners. Luckily they at least allow him to rule over the weekends that he is home.

      • Blog Admin,
        Khan must know exactly what he doing. By inviting Iringo for a duell is court, he is telling the man that come and get me if you did not fix Ruto. The truth is no one wants to go to the ICC regardless of side. Sitting in the dock and being questioned is the most scary thing for these guys who are used to Kenyans courts that they control. Just as you mentioned, they wont volunteer to help Ruto for helping Ruto = fixing Uhuru.

  2. `
    This is definitely a reactive adjustment curtailing the new Constitution.

    The fact is that the new Constitution gives the Deputy President substantive powers which the Kenyatta team are hereby slowly mutilating in not so subtle ways.

    Unlike the old Constitution, the new one essentially gives Ruto executive powers to act as President while Kenyatta is away. It is in black and white. From the aforementioned developments, it is quite clear that Kenyatta handlers are uncomfortable with this constitutional reality. They are beginning to claw Ruto’s executive powers back –which is actually unconstitutional.

    Whereas they know Kenyatta CANNOT sack Ruto (a Deputy President is equally elected in the same ticket), they have decided to rob him financial muscle and render his office impotent.

    The moment you withdraw the powers over the purse (budget) from any public office, you essentially render it moot. In this case, Kenyatta’s handlers are transferring budgetary approval powers for the DP’s office away from Ruto, to another entity referred as “the Office of the President” –yet in reality to Mr. Kinyua. That is just code word of saying Ruto requests for spending all have to be approved and monitored by the Head of the Civil Service. The analogy of the toilet paper and pens sums it up well.

    This requirement means that Ruto is technically going to be answerable to Kenyatta’s sidekick and Head of Civil Service Mr. Kinyua. Ruto cannot even employ staff without Kinyua’s approval. Ruto is thus (unconstitutionally) being made number 3 in government.

    These are the retrogressive antics that Francis Muthaura was good at during Kibaki’s era. It is a very stark reminder of Muthaura and Raila’s fights during the latter’s tenure as Prime Minister. It exposes this fallacy of a united Jubilee government. It wasn’t gonna happen anyway!

    This is the art of consolidation of power through absolute control over the purse (money). It is a fight that Ruto will definitely lose. It is essentially why the Ruto private jet story has been kept in the headlines for long –as a justification to deny the latter budgetary powers over his own office.

    The crux of this power consolidation urgency (in my view) is in the event the President is absent from the country. It technically renders Ruto a figurehead answerable to Mr. Kinyua who substantively stays in-charge while Kenyatta is away. That’s the bottom-line in this story.

    Kinyua was actually appointed during Ruto’s absence (while in Hague) and very likely without the latter’s consultation. It was a master-stoke power game from Kenyatta’s folks which they anticipated Ruto won’t publicly begrudge. I do not know whether Ruto will accept to have his wings in government completely clipped this way. I suspect there will be some power and money fights between Ruto and Kinyua in the near future, if they haven’t actually started. In the process, Kenyatta surges ahead of the fray, assuming the Big man status. Very Machiavellian!

    This is the signature trademark of the Mt. Kenya mafia – absolute control over the collective Kenyan purse. Welcome to the “nusu mkeka” terrain bwana Ruto.

    • Job,

      You nailed it above!

      ‘Fixing’ claims spark mistrust in Jubilee amid show of unity

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      President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) and his deputy William Ruto.

      BY OSCAR OBONYO

      Kenya: The simmering row in Jubilee Alliance over claims President Uhuru Kenyatta retained advisors who ‘fixed’ his deputy at The Hague has unmasked fresh friction points between the two main coalition partners.

      The tension between Uhuru’s The National Alliance (TNA) and Mr William Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) could be aggravated by the United Nations Security Council’s rejection of plea for deferral of Uhuru’s case.

      While the two coalition leaders put up a strong face of unity and harmony, going by enquiries within the two camps, the groundswell in the alliance is real and growing.

      The International Criminal Court’s cases — which have thrust the Jubilee pair into the dock — has particularly opened up old wounds of 2007 post-election ruckus, when Uhuru and Ruto were in opposing camps of Party of National Unity (PNU) and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

      Deputy Leader of Majority in the Senate Charles Keter’s sustained demand that high-ranking officials in Kenyatta’s administration, who allegedly ‘fixed’ the DP at the ICC be fired, lit the a political fireball.

      His remarks prompted angry reaction from National Assembly Leader of Majority, Aden Duale, who implied the Kericho Senator may have been under influence.

      Keter, however, holds his ground: “What I said I will maintain anytime, anywhere, any day. Those who say I was not sober, should prove otherwise.”

      Against the backdrop of the latest drama, the President and his deputy called for ceasefire on the verbal war and even shared a podium in Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties on Friday.

      But nonetheless, The Standard On Sunday established three key sources of friction between the Jubilee leaders. They include hiring of senior government staff, duties and resource allocation to the Office of DP and the ICC question.

      Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki attributes the problem to possible pressure on the DP by members of his URP – a consequence of a pre-election coalition arrangement with Uhuru’s TNA, where each partners seeks autonomy in terms of power sharing.

      The genesis of the friction stems from the fact that the DP’s handlers were outmaneuvered when they were let into having the deputy’s office to be literally ‘swallowed’ by and not just an important component of the presidency as spelt out by the Constitution.

      Personal influence

      As it is, the DP office relies on State House’s budget and takes its programmes and projects from the President. This, according to our source, whose identity we cannot disclose because of ramification inside government, is precisely what befell Ruto.

      This was after his technical team, engaged in negotiations with Kenyatta’s a couple days after coming into power, and believing the DP’s office would bear more clout if it were lumped up in every way with the Presidency.

      But in the process, Ruto lost vital tools of power and influence such as oversight over Efficiency Monitoring Unit, State Corporation Investments Unit and the Public Service Reform programme, which he initially eyed.

      Instead Ruto’s technical team, led by Chief of Staff, Marianne Kittany, opted for the arrangement “of being part of the presidency”. Curiously, Ruto and Kenyatta found this model attractive. The DP did not want his office relegated to a lower level and reportedly wanted to be viewed as part of the presidency, for personal influence and operations.

      The President’s handlers, on the other hand, supported the model for different reasons. They reportedly wanted DP to be part of the wider Office of the President, hence keep the holder on a short leash.

      What the Ruto team did not realise then, according to sources, is that by agreeing to such an arrangement, they had automatically ceded independence and autonomy.

      However, Baringo North MP William Cheptumo, who confesses knowledge of the goings-on, explains there was nothing sinister about this arrangement.

      “The two constitutional offices are one and constitute the presidency. However, they are also two distinct offices of President and Deputy President. So the only challenge here is just the management of resources,” he argued.

      But the reality is the DP’s office, for instance, has no budget, no accounting officer and not even a Principal Secretary.

      The import of this is that for every shilling Ruto and his staffers require, they must seek State House approval. This reality has not gone down well with members of Ruto-led URP, who feel their man is constrained.

      Describing the development as a just a hiccup, Cheptumo is convinced the President and his deputy are capable of overcoming the current crisis. “If they managed to put together a Cabinet despite their varying interests”, argues the lawyer, “then they can agree on allocating the necessary resources to the DP’s office”.

      Prof Kindiki concurs: “While these are legitimate concerns, they are purely administrative and not political in nature. I do not think they are weighty enough to wreck our boat, as they can be addressed.”

      During the formation of the Cabinet, Ruto reportedly opposed appointment of former ministers in Kibaki administration — Mrs Charity Ngilu and Mr Najib Balala — to their government. Ruto was also uncomfortable with Uhuru’s decision to retain two powerful Office of the President staff inherited from Mr Mwai Kibaki; Mr Francis Kimemia and Mr Mutea Iringo.

      The exercise stretched longer than expected and Ruto at one point publicly declared that politicians would not form part of the Cabinet. But the President reportedly forced his way, sowing the first seed of discord in the alliance.

      “Given a leeway, Ruto is strong politician capable of running over coalition partners and it is preferable Uhuru ensures his deputy is contained. This is a deliberate move to ensure he is not politically empowered by denying him money,” argues Prof Amukowa Anangwe, a political scientist and former minister.

      Intelligence briefs

      Former Ntonyiri MP Maoka Maore concurs by pointing out that in 2007/2008 the country’s political leadership was in the mode of ‘fixing’ one another.

      He believes since Uhuru and Ruto were on opposite ends, it was ultimately the business of their backers to ‘fix’ the opponent.

      “Unless Keter is suffering from selective amnesia, he should not feign surprise over this ‘fixing’ matter. Jubilee told us after the presidential elections to accept and move on, but now I ask that we forgive and move on,” Maore went on.

      Keter and fellow Jubilee politicians also anchored their 2013 presidential campaigns in Rift Valley and Central Kenya on account that key presidential challenger, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, was the one who ‘fixed’ Ruto and Uhuru in the ICC cases.

      Some Ruto allies believe Uhuru been insensitive to their man by retaining Office of the President’s operatives and denying him Intelligence briefs that would help in his case.

      http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000097878&story_title=fixing-claims-spark-mistrust-in-jubilee

      • john

        this reminds me of the disney animation “lion king” where the country goes to the hyenas. its going to take a long time to get back to the right path. the first step would be for the citizens to first realize the magnitude of mistake that was made in electing this such a majority of this jubilee govt to office, that right there will be a miracle. of course the new constitution in this aspect didn’t help much either in that it provided for even more of these guys to be elected

        so currently the MCA’s are on some strike or go-slow or something because they cannot agree with the SRC on how fat a cheque they are entitled to.

        these very same MCA’s are now being threatened by some bozo’s.

        elsewhere, some senators are preparing a bill to “trim governors powers”

        meanwhile our entire foreign policy regarding diplomatic relations, economic engagement etc, can be summed into a single sentence “will you help us get out of the ICC”. this single statement carries with it the full force of the kenyan govt and her majestic people. it demonstrates our sovereignty and pride as a nation yada yada. anyone opposing this 10 year strategic policy is either dimwitted or just plainly an enemy of kenya.

        even as vision 2030 approaches where we are now “de-diversifying” our economic partners from the lucrative free international global market space to just china and maybe russia and some -stan country. we cannot even have the time to meet with newly posted ambassadors.

        there are some forces that rivet your attention to an event that slowly unfolds e.g a guy making the dash to the edge of a cliff and as he picks up speed, even though you know the outcome, you simply cannot pull away and even after he flies over the edge, even knowing that, you will still inch to the edge and cast your eyes one more time at the mangled wreckage below.

        right now am not sure whether our kenya is picking up speed towards the cliff or indeed we have already made the leap and will soon start the rapid descent to the jagged edges below. the last time one Kofi Annan managed to lean forward and catch us, but as we learned from Duale the other day, that guy Anan is our enemy.

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