Murathe is saying something….but what is it?

Bwana Adongo  you have said in the past that  Murathe can be reckless, is this one of those occasions?
He is basically saying that they are done with Ruto as a community. And many from the mountain seem to agree.
Could this be the deal?

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Murathe: Uhuru loyalist whose word can decide Kenya’s future

 

A character in the 1990 BBC political drama The House of Cards says of wheeler-dealers, buccaneers and functionaries who infest corridors of power supplying all manner of political labour to parties and politicians: “A politician needs a wife and other people; regrettably, a man of state needs helpers to do his bidding … even unwitting pawns who don’t know who they serve …”

President Uhuru Kenyatta has no shortage of helpers, but few display the bravado, brashness and, lately, a penchant for taking a rare irreverent dig at Deputy President and Jubilee deputy party leader, Dr William Ruto, as Mr David Murathe does.

In old communist Russia, these ranks of political labourers were called the apparatchik, non-professional, non-specialist, but ever available and ready for deployment on any political assignment.

Their most valued credentials beside loyalty are that they must harbour no known or expressed aspirations for higher office.

2022 POLLS

They are never deployed to any of the top echelons of party leadership as chairmanship or secretary-general, party leader and deputy leader, the cadres reserved for potential national leaders.

Kenya’s political anthropologists and biographers are yet to study and document the role of unelected informal players in contemporary Kenya state, who seem to pack so much political heft and influence in government actions at various phases of Kenya’s post-independence political evolution than elected leaders, but are not accountable to the public.

Last Wednesday, Mr Murathe chose an opposition-organised event at Mbale Stadium, Vihiga County, hosted by his old college mate at the University of Nairobi, Musalia Mudavadi, to launch the most scathing attack on Dr Ruto’s presidential ambitions.

In what sounded like a valedictory speech, he essentially said Ruto’s days of calling the shots in the house of Jubilee was an illusion, Jubilee had its owners, and the jury was still out on their preference of Kenyatta II successor.

MERGER

It was a loaded statement that seems to have taken even Ruto’s staunchest opponents by surprise.

As one of the close allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta, many will be hard put to separate Mr Murathe’s sentiments from those of the big man.

For those who know him, Mr Murathe never has illusions where his loyalties lie, and who his heroes are.

He is known to use phrases in discussions about politicians’ penchant for ambiguous utterances, but his was not ambiguous by any measure.

When, in 2016, current Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi seemed keen to assert himself inside Jubilee’s top leadership after small affiliate parties, including his Alliance Party of Kenya (APK), dissolved to join Jubilee, Mr Murathe told him with a curt retort: Jubilee is no Party of National Unity (PNU) where Kiraitu was secretary-general).

In the second term of retired President Kibaki’s term (2008-2013), an amorphous appointment was made of retired civil servant, Mr Stanley Murage, as a powerful “policy adviser” based at State House in addition to the State House Comptroller.

Mr Murathe remarked at the time: “That is the office I want when Uhuru is President.”

EVENTS

He may not have been appointed policy adviser, but his bravado and recent provocative statements throw broad enough hints about the latitude he enjoys.

His behind-the-scenes activities in Jubilee, its predecessor, The National Alliance (TNA), and his ability to criss-cross between political spaces at personal and political levels on errands for his buddy cuts the portrait of a trusted loyalist.

Few ask questions about who sent him when Mr Murathe shows up at funeral meetings, wedding committees or political events of entities perceived as Uhuru rivals.

Once in 2007, Kalonzo Musyoka and Dr Julia Ojiambo were holding a delegates conference at Kasarani sports stadium.

Suddenly a Kalonzo ally, Mr Gideon Ndambuki, found his way to a social joint where Murathe was and breathlessly asked: What can you do?

Apparently, Mr Kalonzo and Dr Julia had difficulties with delegates’ allowances and didn’t want a fallout in front of media cameras. Mr Ndambuki and Mr Murathe drove off together.

SPOKESMAN

On President Kenyatta’s axis of politics, Mr Murathe has come to symbolise the counterweight and political checkmate to Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Jubilee Majority Leader Aden Duale, who symbolise Dr Ruto’s proxy attack dogs, especially on knotty issues.

To his credit, Mr Murathe’s steadfast loyalty to President Kenyatta long before and after he assumed power has never been in doubt, so much that few personalities are sought after by newshounds to give the President’s political pulse of things whenever they cannot get an official State House dispatch.

If they ever differed over things Murathe says on his behalf, the President, his family members and aficionados have never contradicted the former Gatanga MP for things he says on their behalf.

Once when Uhuru seemed partyless for some time after bolting out of Kanu in 2009, Mr Murathe was asked what party he supported.

Without batting an eyelid he shot back: My party is Uhuru Kenyatta.

INTERIM

President Kenyatta, Dr Ruto and Mr Murathe come a long way, politically, and it is significant Mr Murathe never sought an elective party office unlike his two buddies. Even the one he holds currently is interim.

As an unelected interim Jubilee Party vice-chairman, Mr Murathe is the only Jubilee office bearer who displays audacity to publicly criticise his deputy party leader and Deputy President on matters normally few Jubilee elected leaders would touch on publicly.

An unwritten rule since President Kenyatta assumed power on a Jubilee flagship in 2013 is that no elected leader from his Mt Kenya base ever mentions Dr Ruto’s name negatively in public, until the President himself invented the term “tanga tanga” in relation to Dr Ruto and his lieutenants.

Mr Murathe is the first senior Jubilee official to explicitly mention the DP’s name and brazenly tell him off on the matter of 2013 pre-election Kenyatta II succession pact, that is supposed to have obligated President Kenyatta to mobilise his Gema base in support of Ruto’s presidential ambitions in 2022.

POWER

Lately, Mr Murathe has also been keeping the company of former Jubilee bigwigs whose careers were sunk at the disputed primaries in May 2017, and who blame the Deputy President for their predicament.

In his book, Illusion of Power (2001), a long-serving parliamentarian, the late Geoffrey Gitahi Kariuki, (popularly known as GG), grimly described his party, Kanu’s pervasive disregard for rules, decorum and expectations and lack of any semblance of concern for political morality or consequences, thus:

“Those who succeed in criminally acquiring and maintaining their power, at whatever cost, are forever haunted by the fear of losing their soul-deadening harvests.

“No doubt, extreme megalomania and the desire to hold onto power regardless of consequences for millions who look up to their leaders for guidance in creating a better life, are the most crucial factors that have stifled Kenyan’s democratic development …”

FOLLOWERS

Among questions that have been raised in social media reactions to Mr Murathe’s affront on the DP is if he is among entities Mt Kenya voters look up to for leadership in the current political discourse.

A strange silence has met his provocative statements, especially in Mt Kenya region, where he may have calculated to trigger a chorus of public statements against the DP as politicians normally do upon receiving the cue.

Despite repeated public jibes at the DP, the soloist is yet to inspire a chorus in response. The question is: Is the silence speaking to the message or the messenger?

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Uhuru-loyalist-with-unnerving-influence/1064-4914394-lc0gq6z/index.html

 

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Ruto’s allies set sight on Jubilee boss Murathe, truce deal

Three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s confidant David Murathe declared that Jubilee Party has no candidate for State House race in 2022, Deputy President William Ruto’s allies are planning a counter-move in the new year that he hopes will turn the tide in his favour going forward.

On Friday, Dr Ruto reached out to members of county assemblies (MCAs) as he sought to solidify his national support across the country ahead of 2022.

Dr Ruto met MCAs from Kakamega, Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County.

Though the agenda of the meeting was “empowering MCAs to strengthen devolution”, sources said that 2022 succession politics cropped up, with the MCAs assuring Dr Ruto of their unwavering support.

PEACE

This week, conversations with a number of Dr Ruto’s allies suggested that they are not sitting pretty, even after the President moved to allay fears on Friday that he never engaged in 2022 politics with ODM leader Raila Odinga in their March 9 “handshake” that has dramatically changed the political scene.

During an interview in Mombasa on Friday, the President dwelt at length on the Building Bridges Initiative, saying it would be part of his administration’s priority focus area in 2019.

Dr Ruto’s lieutenants, who double up as members of “the war council” charged with delivering the presidency, are working on a multi-pronged blueprint they hope will neutralise the effects of the political truce (handshake) Mr Kenyatta had with Mr Odinga on March 9.

The truce has increasingly blunted his succession plan and emboldened those against his State House bid, some even in the ruling party.

Part of the plan is to go public on their displeasure and, at some point, play the victim card.

ABANDONED

This, we gathered, will be intended to make the President and his allies look dishonest in the court of public opinion. The hope is that this could boost Dr Ruto’s popularity ratings.

“We were together as Jubilee Party under the slogan “Tuko Pamoja” (we are together). But are we really together?” Majority Whip Ben Washiali, who sits in the council, told the Sunday Nation.

He went on: “We were together and we are now out. You can’t keep telling us that we are together when you have other people at the eating table. Let’s see what the new year holds.”

He hinted that a major announcement on a way forward could be coming.

“If he (Dr Ruto) has an MoU with Mr Kenyatta, then that was an agreement between two individuals,” Mr Murathe said on Wednesday in Vihiga, sentiments that have now sparked a political storm.

While opinion is divided inside the DP’s camp on whether such a move would be prudent, going for an all-out war more than three years to the next elections, there is near consensus after Mr Murathe’s remarks that the deep State is keen to back somebody else to take over from Mr Kenyatta.

REFERENDUM

Equally, the deep State is keen to drop its support for the presidential system of government in favour of a parliamentary one, an abrupt U-turn from an earlier position.

Dr Ruto has maintained that he would like to assume the mantle of power without any alterations to the current structure.

“He (Dr Ruto) is going around opposing the referendum. Jubilee is yet to take a position. What is he opposing yet there is no question? Uhuru said in Kisumu we must change the Constitution to accommodate all to ensure inclusion. Raila has a following that must be accommodated in government,” Mr Murathe said.

The change of heart, a high-ranking member of the council confided, is to avoid isolation as the referendum campaign gathers steam.

Mr Kenyatta’s remarks in Kisumu a fortnight ago, calling for a change in law to correct the winner-take-it-all arrangement, is said to have informed the new position.

They argue that taking on the President head-on could boomerang.

ENDORSE

They have interpreted the Kisumu trip, the first since Mr Kenyatta took the oath of office for his second term, as a formal launch of the referendum push that would see changes introduced into the Constitution before the next General Election.

The war council, made up of majority leaders in Parliament Kipchumba Murkomen and Aden Duale, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, Deputy Senate Speaker Kithure Kindiki, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Mr Washiali, among others, believes that chances of their man becoming the next President are thinning by the day.

This is especially so since President Kenyatta appears reluctant to publicly endorse him, as they had expected when the two sides joined hands in 2013.

Other sources pointed out that the feeling in the group is captured in the recent pronouncements by Mr Duale on the floor of the House.

Those around the Deputy President have identified the presidential results transmission system as the greatest impediment to his dream of ascending to the presidency in 2022, and a referendum would present an opportunity to correct this.

They also complained that President Kenyatta had abandoned the people who supported him in 2017 and is busy dining with those who opposed him.

TALLYING

They say the current votes transmission regime is prone to manipulation that could lead to subjugation of the popular will, something that is bound to raise questions about the integrity of past elections.

In the last three presidential elections, the transmission of results has been the source of furious disputes, with the Supreme Court being requested to determine whether the final tally matched what was transmitted from the constituencies in the last two polls.

While those close to Dr Ruto say he strongly prefers the presidential system, the option to support a parliamentary one is borne out of the fact that it has fewer risks when it comes to transmitting results.

In any case, in a parliamentary system, the prime minister (PM) is almost always elected by Parliament, where the leader of the party or coalition that wins the largest number of seats automatically becomes PM.

PRIME MINISTER

There are indications that the political class is keen to reintroduce the premier position.

“The presidential system is enticed and entangled with corruption, because the contestants want to take money. There is corruption at IEBC, there is corruption in the transmission of results,” Mr Duale said, expressing the fears that haunt the DP and his team.

“Let’s adopt the parliamentary system of government so that the constituency becomes the theatre of electoral battle,” Mr Duale said last week when he revealed the camp’s change of plan on the floor of the House.

The Ruto camp has been unnerved by the President’s recent tour of Kisumu, where he was hosted by Mr Odinga.

KISUMU

During the tour, protocol was angled in favour of Mr Odinga, to the disadvantage of Dr Ruto.

This raised fears of a possible political deal between the Kikuyu and Luo communities, the top two groups that have defined Kenya’s post-independence politics.

“If you want everybody to win, then the country must adopt a federal system of government where each county will have its own president. I also want to be the president of the Garissa federal state,” Mr Duale told the House while calling for introduction of a majimbo system of government.

Under the system, the Garissa Township MP said, all functions would be devolved while 80 percent of the national revenue would be devolved to the federal states.

“This is a conversation that we must have starting January. I will only support the push to amend the Constitution if federalism is the way to go.”

Aware that some powerful brokers would not support the majimbo idea, the DP’s camp knows it is muddying the waters.

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Ruto-allies-plot-against-Uhuru-Raila-alliance/1064-4914352-w31i50z/index.html

 

14 comments on “Murathe is saying something….but what is it?

  1. Mzee,

    I have known David Wakairu Murathe since I was just over 20 years old in 1981. Obviously that was a long time ago.

    Murathe and myself were elected to the Student’s Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Nairobi. I was the rep for Hall 2 and Murathe was the rep for Hall 13.

    SRC had 25 members and they formed the governing body of the Student’s Organization of Nairobi University (SONU).

    Of the 25 members during my time there were 13 of us who were pretty militant and progressive. We wanted multiparty democracy in Kenya and Moi hated us for that. Murathe was one of us.

    The other group led by the then Chairman Titus Adungosi were pro Moi government.

    Adungosi was a fine and very principled person. If anything against the Moi government was put to a vote in the SRC and we won, Adungosi would support the vote. His argument was always that the vote was the decider.

    Prof. Shem Ochuodho was there. Good Guy and so was Oduor Ong’wen. It was a war zone for Jamhuri.

    Sadly enough the Moi government killed Adungosi in prison after the 1982 coup attempt. They kept him at Kamiti Maximum Prison for 5 years and took him to Kenyatta National Hospital when he was half dead in 1987.

    An inquest on his death passed a verdict that the Moi government needed to be held responsible for his death. The AG at the time was oredered to institute a prosecution against the Kenyan state on the matter.

    Predictably and unfortunately the then AG, our famous idiot Amas Wako, did nothing.
    I am still furious about it. We really need to do justice to the Adungosi family. And we will.

    The nastiest guy in that SRC council at the time 1982/83/84 was Isaac Ruto (former Bomet Governor and M.P) whom we learnt was an active spy for Moi in campus at that time.

    The other Ruto (William) now the DP was in campus too at the time but he was useless. He was stuck up in some religious group in campus.

    In the middle of all these things the first Secretary General (SG) of SONU, Patrick Onyango (Paddy) was fired after Isaac Ruto got him to issue some stupid statement about student politics in campus supporting Moi. Students were furious with both of them.

    They wanted Paddy out and by the way Isaac Ruto was the vice Chair of SONU as Adungosi’s deputy. He was tossed too and Mwandawiro became the Deputy Chair of SONU after Adungosi and later became the Chairman of SONU.

    After Paddy was fired Murathe and some of our close associates insisted I take the job of the SG for SONU. I didn’t want too much headache and I was a student in the faculty of commerce studying accounting.

    Many students considered someone like me as one of those nuts who was just going to work in the corporate world. So I thought they were not going to take me seriously.

    I was then voted in as the SG of SONU something I today consider as the best job I have ever held and done successfully in my life. Believe it or not.

    So there we were in 1982. SONU was doing its job fighting for mutli-party democracy and Moi was busy putting everybody who was talking about that in jail or detention.

    We had a very good relationship with Moi. Moi used to tell the crowds including our parents that we student activists were like pigs. He would (through arrests and torture) take us out of the mud and as soon as we came out we all rush right back into the mud of fighting him.

    Of course that is where we wanted to be and we told him that much. It was unhealthy dialogue but there it was for the country. The republic has gotten so much better because of that fight. It had to take place. I am proud to have been a small part of that and the ongoing war to make and build a better jamhuri for all in Kenya. It is possible. For sure.

    But of course Moi and his thuggish regime went overboard. That is fine. We could take it.

    Just today February 17, 2019 I talked to one of those ex-detainees Prof. Kamoji Wachiira who lives in the US now. He was here in Canada not so many years ago. An outstanding academic and patriot of our country.

    Last week the High Court awarded Prof. Kamoji and his comrade Prof. Edward Oyugi compensation for the torture they suffered in Moi’s hands.

    https://www.nation.co.ke/news/KU-dons-awarded-Sh46m-for-torture/1056-4981044-aimucy/index.html

    I told Kamoji two days ago that they will have to fight like hell to ever get their very much deserved compensation.

    In any event after I became the SG of SONU, Murathe, Onyango CA and Mwandawiro went to work. We put Moi on defense everyday. We kicked his ass at every turn.

    In March 1982 I was asked by SONU in my capacity as the SG of SONU to go to State House and hand Moi a petition asking for a referendum on his decision to declare Kenya a one party state. Murathe and Onyango CA volunteered to go with me and we went to State House with the document.

    They gave it to us at State House but they took the petition.

    A few days after we handed our petition to State House, Mwai Kibaki as Moi’s best right hand man at the time moved a motion in parliament to declare Kenya a one party state by law.

    It was passed in one minute and then the heavy crackdown on multi-party “dissidents” started.

    The nation has lived and survived all that. What is next up?

    That is who Murathe is. He has guts. Murathe also happens to come from an extremely rich family. We used to visit his father’s store in Nairobi
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    Then on the day of August 1st 1982 coup attempt in Kenya Murathe, Rateng Oginga Ogego, Onyango CA and myself were in the city foolishly trying to monitor what was going on as the soldiers were tying to take over the government. We wanted to see it live. Big mistake.

    We escaped by an inch but of course ended up in prison. I was arrested on August 3, 1982 and I believe they took Murathe in soon after. Onyango CA escaped for a while when he told the cops who went to his home that the Onyango they were looking for was his brother and he promised the cops to go get him. His trick didn’t last long.

    CA told the cops he was going to look for the Onyango they were looking for at the market. The cops followed him in different clothes. Soon the cops figured he was the guy they were looking for.

    I like Murathe for his bravery and his guts. He knows Ruto very well and they know him.

    There are very few people in Kenya today who can pick a phone any day and call President Uhuru anytime and even if Uhuru is a sleep his aides will wake him up and tell him it is Murathe on the phone. Uhuru will pick that phone.

    As far as William Ruto goes I know the story. I usually live in Kiambu when I am in Kenya. I am have great friends in Kiambu. Maimuto in Kiambu county is my second home. Of course I was born in Bondo town.

    There is one thing the Kikuyus know about Ruto. They blame him for the 2007/8 massacres in Rift Valley starting from that terrible Kiambaa church burning. Ruto will never be forgiven for that ever. It is pretty simple for them.

    They don’t see what the argument is about. Ruto can hang up with the politicians who need money but the locals have their own stand. Uhuru and Murathe know it and that is why Murathe is talking about it.

    Murathe is just expressing the general feeling among the Kikuyu nation that William Ruto is a cancer they cannot live with. It is incurable cancer as far as they are concerned.

    It is one thing when Ruto is Uhuru’s deputy but even the thought that Ruto would be their president is just simply unthinkable to them.

    And by the way when we used to work with Murathe in college his famous name was “conman” or simply “con”.

    He was just too unpredictable. People couldn’t understand him. This is a guy who comes to campus in a benz salon car because he could afford it and was fighting with students and union workers against the government which his father supported.

    He also lived in campus where the real dirty wars with the Moi dictatorship were going on everyday. Rich students never lived in campus. They came with their big cars and went to their parents mansions. Not Murathe. He wanted to be in the middle of the battle to make our country better and he was.

    That is David Murathe for you.

    As Always Adongo Ogony

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    • @Adongo,
      Thanks for the story on Murathe.
      He seems to be a man on a mission to finish Rutos politically, at least in 2022, and he has not made it a secret.

      Ruto himself has not made things easy for himself by kick starting the 2022 campaign 4 years in advance. Only to realize that he is on his own and no one wants to get into campaign mood just a couple of months after a contentious election.
      Many things are obviously against Ruto, starting with the various corruption scandals that he so often finds himself in either directly or indirectly through proxy. Murathe has at times accused Ruto of looting the ministries that in the arrangement with Uhuru he was given to fill. But what has probably brought a halt to his ambition is the lukewarm reception that people from the mountain have given him. Ruto needs 80 – 100% the votes from the mountain if he is to win the elections. If only half of that vote goes elsewhere then he is doomed.

      I recently watched them trio of Uhuru, Ruto and Raila in Kisii and was shocked at how out of sync with reality Ruto is. While Uhuru stayed clear of Jubilee/Nasa politics, Ruto hammered home the kusema na kutenda stuff. Raila and Uhuru talked of nothing but unity and peace while Ruto kept campaigning.

      If the current mood remains in place then Ruto will be shocked come 2022.

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    • Adongo,
      Kenya seems to be in the verge of collapse. Nothing is working. The country is running out of gas (money) and flying on auto pilot. Whenever the gas finishes, we will fall like a ton of bricks.

      The massive looting from the top is spectacular and could never have been imagined. Yet its happening. It appears to me that it was only Raila Odinga keeping the looters away from the government coffers. Without his direct involvement in exposing the vice, no other leader cares.

      Uhuru Kenyatta seem not to care anymore. He occasionally wakes up from his slumber to make a speech here and there about corruption and threatens everybody and everything with dare consequences, yet nothing changes. His own CS´s are deeply involved in the scandals yet he never touches them. There are many other people involved in corruption that he has the power to fire, yet he won’t.

      We have had so scandals in the past six years that I stopped counting. The latest scandal is the most brazen. Using a “new technology”, the Jubilee government has built a dam using towels, duvets, bedsheets, mattresses, tiles, staff uniform etc. More importantly the dam is invisible to the naked eye. It’s a true definition of a ghost project.

      The two human beings at the top have reached a point where they are unable to manage corruption. What this tells me is that they are part of the scandals. Its obvious that they are competing on who can loot the most. William Ruto´s name appears in every major scandal, yet he stays unfazed. He will be the first person to talk of how the dragon of corruption must be slayed.

      Its not enough to just bembeleza these guys to rid our country of corruption. Its time the country rose up and acted accordingly. Many citizens including the so-called leaders are unable to act. They are lost and don’t know where to start. It is now that many appreciate the role PM Raila Odinga has played for years. Whenever you see Mudavadi come out, he reads some funny statement and disappears again never to be heard of. Yet he claims that he is now the opposition leader. The other jokes Ekuru Aukot, who also claims the role of the leader of opposition has nothing to say in times like this.

      That Ruto wants to be president is a scandal in itself having presided over every scam in the country. That some are ready to vote for him is even a bigger scandal. But what do I know?

      Truly speaking these two people are a curse to Kenya. They steal anything in site from elections to money meant for the wanainchi.

      Murathe is right about Ruto

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      • Mzee,

        Theft and I mean grand and brazen theft of public is what is burying DP Ruto
        even more.

        It is just plain pathetic what is going on in the country today.

        Look at this open robbery in Kerio Valley and Elgeyo Marakwet with the Arror
        and Kimwarer Dams which is daylight robbery televised live on TV and the big
        thieves are cheering this as a big success for them. Big 4 agenda right?

        Something between Kshs 91 billion and Kshs 61 billion have already been
        paid to this huge project where the constructor has not even started cutting
        grass.

        Adding to this catastrophic theft is the fact that the Italian company which
        received all this money has declared bankruptcy and abandoned the dam
        sites.

        Now they are going to deal with Italian Bankruptcy laws and that is the
        end of the story. The money is gone and the damn dam will remain a sad
        whole on the ground forever.

        How does the government of Kenya hand over Kshs 91 billion or Kshs 61
        billion for a project that has not even been started?

        It is like people just walked into the offices of people who run our tax money
        and billions were wired to their accounts with absolutely no diligence done.

        Yes you can steal, you are Kenya political thieves but at least show a little
        respect and try some cover up just so the Kenyan taxpayers don’t look like
        complete fools.

        Then the way the money was paid. Some deals were negotiated in South Africa
        for an Italian company.

        The billions were being wired everywhere from the Office of the Treasury
        boss Rotich.

        Here are Rotich lies. First he said everything overboard with the Italian constructors and listed how much he has paid, most of which for nothing.

        https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/02/28/rotich-defends-payments-for-dams-project-says-deal-above-board_c1901766

        Then they realize that is a dead story and the Italian collected their money paid their kickbacks and are gone. Now realizing this could lead to complete chaos for Uhuru and Ruto they come with a new story. Now they claim the contract has been handed to another contractor and it is 43% complete. Complete rubbish.

        https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nakuru/New-contractor-to-build-Itare-dam/1183314-5004172-4oca47/index.html

        When you are in a hole, it is a good idea to stop digging. Ruto and company caught in a huge corruption and political mess are trying the impossible. They want to convince Kenyans that a bankrupt company they gave billions to has contracted a new construction company to come and complete the project. If there is a new company at all, Kenyans tax payers have to pay them. So this is just pure nonsense. But our lazy media wouldn’t even ask what the name of the new company is so they can verify the info. This is team for the lords of corruption. Sad and annoying.

        Let’s make one thing clear. There is no chance in hell that Rotich is wiring
        these billions without the direct approval of Uhuru and his DP. Rotich is not a
        mad man. He has to have his ass covered to engage in such brazen theft.

        And today Feb 28, 2019 DP Ruto came up with probably his most insane
        statement ever on the theft of our public money. Ruto says only Kshs 7 billion
        has been stolen and not Kshs 61 or 91 billion. Is this supposed to makeKenyans feel happy? Oh we are so happy now aren’t we?

        https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Arror-and-Kimwarer-dam-projects/1056-5003282-9nh69a/index.html

        Then Ruto goes on his tirade about politicizing the theft by his so called
        enemies or to be clear fellow thieves.

        After Ruto’s big mouth surrogate Murkomen comes with his own tirade to
        support his little scumbag.

        https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/02/28/murkomen-blasts-kinoti-over-baseless-probe-on-arror-kimwarer-dams_c1901703

        To make it even more frightening Ruto was speaking in an event by the
        Judiciary where the Chief Justice and co were. We all know the new mantra of
        the Kenyan political thieves is that it is the Judiciary that is stopping them from
        fighting corruption.

        How about these Kenyans who engage in this massive scum arrested and
        charged and let’s see if the judiciary is going to let them off the hook.

        Kinoti the DCI, himself a conman, stated the other day that of the money
        handed over to this now bankrupt company, Kshs 4 billion was wired back to
        England and then to Kenya and they have the account numbers. That is
        supposed to be the kickback money.

        Why not arrest the holders of these accounts and charge them in court. They
        would be jailed if you did that but the judiciary can’t help if all the law
        enforcement people do is make media noise to appear to be doing something
        while doing nothing if not helping the thieves to cover up and then get their
        own kickbacks from the big kickback.

        We need to kick the ass of these people and their will be no kickbacks.
        So here we have DP Ruto defending one of the biggest theft of public money in
        Kenya and we wonder why this will never stop.

        Uhuru is busy with his fake war on corruption as grand corruption surrounds
        him up to his eye balls. Who can believe him after this latest heist.

        EACC is officially dead. No burial needed just through the body into Ngong
        Forest for the hyenas.

        DPP Haji the son of senator Yussuf Haji is a real fraud. Does anybody
        remember when he hired some Queen’s Counsel from England to prosecute
        the case of Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu in some case of loans and nonsense like
        that?

        The Parliamentary Committees including the once powerful PAC and PIC are
        not even worth talking about.

        Where else does this thing go. Regime change is the answer. Uhuru is going
        and he better take Ruto with him. We will then start the war with new thieves.

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      • Mzee,

        I sent a very detailed response to the corruption case of the dams where Ruto is now fighting for survival and going desperate. See today’s mandazi stories when Raila responded to Ruto saying only Kshs 7 billion may have been stolen.

        Raila said 7 billion is not mandazi money. It is serious theft. And Ruto responded.

        I am quite surprised that the response I posted yesterday is on hold awaiting moderation 24 hours later. On my site I can read the whole story but you can’t.

        I find no reason to say anything until those comments are moderated and approved. I didn’t know that even comments on ongoing post need moderation.

        So I will just wait and keep quiet.

        The phony war on corruption is exploding right in front of our eyes. It is a huge economic and political catastrophe for Kenyans.

        And it live. It like bank violent robbers doing their stuff on live TV.

        And we are watching it.

        We will continue to do so.

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      • Mzee and others,

        By the way these are the comments I was referring to in my earlier post. I believe it is a mix up some where.

        But here is the piece. Talk about time to deal with robbery of the nation. It is NOW.

        Mzee,

        Theft and I mean grand and brazen theft of public funds and massive loans both paid by the Kenyan taxpayer is what is burying DP Ruto
        even more.

        It is just plain pathetic what is going on in the country today. These people take pride in theft of public money. They wear it as a badge of honour. It may not work for that long.

        Look at this open robbery in Kerio Valley and Elgeyo Marakwet with the Arror
        and Kimwarer Dams which is daylight robbery televised live on TV and the big
        thieves are cheering this as a big success for them.

        Big 4 agenda right?

        Something between Kshs 91 billion and Kshs 61 billion have already been
        paid to this huge project when the constructor had not even started cutting
        grass.

        Adding to this catastrophic theft is the fact that the Italian company which
        received all this money has declared bankruptcy and abandoned the dam
        sites
        .
        Now they are going to deal with Italian Bankruptcy laws and that is the
        end of the story. The money is gone and the damn dam will remain a sad
        hole on the ground forever.

        How can that be called development?

        How does the government of Kenya hand over Kshs 91 billion or Kshs 61
        billion for a project that has not even been started?

        It is like alleged constructors just walked into the offices of people who run the Kenyan tax money
        and billions were wired to their accounts with absolutely no diligence done.

        Yes you can steal, you are Kenya political thieves but at least show a little
        respect and try some cover up just so the Kenyan taxpayers don’t look like
        complete fools.

        Then the way the money was paid. Some deals were negotiated in South Africa
        for an Italian company.

        The billions were being wired everywhere from the Office of the Treasury
        boss Rotich.

        Here are Rotich lies. First he said everything overboard with the Italian constructors and listed how much he has paid, most of which for nothing.

        https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/02/28/rotich-defends-payments-for-dams-project-says-deal-above-board_c1901766

        Then they realize that is a dead story and the Italian collected their money paid their kickbacks and are gone. Now realizing this could lead to complete chaos for Uhuru and Ruto they come with a new story.

        Now they claim the contract has been handed to another contractor and it is 43% complete. Complete rubbish.

        https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nakuru/New-contractor-to-build-Itare-dam/1183314-5004172-4oca47/index.html

        When you are in a hole, it is a good idea to stop digging. Ruto and company caught in a huge corruption and political mess are trying the impossible. They want to convince Kenyans that a bankrupt company they gave billions to has contracted a new construction company to come and complete the project.

        If there is a new company at all, Kenyans tax payers have to pay them. So this is just pure nonsense. But our lazy media wouldn’t even ask what the name of the new company is so they can verify the info. This is team for the lords of corruption. Sad and annoying.

        Let’s make one thing clear. There is no chance in hell that Rotich is wiring
        these billions without the direct approval of Uhuru and his DP. Rotich is not a
        mad man. He has to have his ass covered to engage in such brazen theft.

        And today Feb 28, 2019 DP Ruto came up with probably his most insane
        statement ever on the theft of our public money. Ruto says only Kshs 7 billion
        has been stolen and not Kshs 61 or 91 billion. Is this supposed to makeKenyans feel happy? Oh we are so happy now aren’t we?

        https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Arror-and-Kimwarer-dam-projects/1056-5003282-9nh69a/index.html

        Then Ruto goes on his tirade about politicizing the theft by his so called
        enemies or to be clear fellow thieves.

        Then Raila made a public response about Ruto saying that Khs 7 billion being stolen from the taxpayer was nothing. Raila told them this is a huge loss for Kenyans and it is not mandazi money. Ruto too responded asking Raila to start producing mandazis.

        It is almost as if Ruto is telling Raila to go produce mandazis so he can go buy them with his Kshs 7 billion theft change. So now we have the Tangatanga movement of Ruto saying they want to be the Mandazi Party of Kenya.

        Tangatanga everywhere and rob Kenyans off little change to go buy mandazis. How grand is this.

        Here is the story.

        https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/03/02/youre-not-above-the-law-raila-tells-ruto-in-war-on-corruption_c1902178

        After Ruto’s big mouth surrogate Murkomen comes with his own tirade to
        support his little scumbag.

        Murkomen forgets that the biggest losers in their mandazi theft are people like his own Marakwet constituents who will be stuck with a hole in the land and no damn. But of course he would care less. His job is to Tangatanga and get mandazis for his boss. The problems of this looted project on the good people of Marakwet are completely irrelevant to him.

        Here is the madman.

        https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/02/28/murkomen-blasts-kinoti-over-baseless-probe-on-arror-kimwarer-dams_c1901703

        To make it even more frightening Ruto was speaking in an event by the
        Judiciary where the Chief Justice and co were. We all know the new mantra of
        the Kenyan political thieves is that it is the Judiciary that is stopping them from
        fighting corruption.

        How about these Kenyans who engage in this massive scum arrested and
        charged and let’s see if the judiciary is going to let them off the hook.

        Kinoti the DCI, himself a conman, stated the other day that of the money
        handed over to this now bankrupt company, Kshs 4 billion was wired back to
        England and then to Kenya and they have the account numbers. That is
        supposed to be the kickback money.

        Why not arrest the holders of these accounts and charge them in court. They
        would be jailed if you did that but the judiciary can’t help if all the law
        enforcement people do is make media noise to appear to be doing something
        while doing nothing if not helping the thieves to cover up and then get their
        own kickbacks from the big kickback.

        We need to kick the ass of these people and their will be no kickbacks.
        So here we have DP Ruto defending one of the biggest theft of public money in
        Kenya and we wonder why this will never stop.

        Uhuru is busy with his fake war on corruption as grand corruption surrounds
        him up to his eye balls.

        Who can believe him after this latest heist.

        EACC is officially dead. No burial needed just through the body into Ngong
        Forest for the hyenas.

        DPP Haji the son of senator Yussuf Haji is a real fraud. Does anybody
        remember when he hired some Queen’s Counsel from England to prosecute
        the case of Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu in some case of loans and nonsense like
        that?

        The Parliamentary Committees including the once powerful PAC and PIC are
        not even worth talking about.

        Where else does this thing go. Regime change is the answer. Uhuru is going
        and he better take Ruto with him. We will then start the war with new thieves.

        And here is the “GRAVY TRAIN” to the Mandazi House.

        Someone has to deliver here and there.

        Sweet. Ain’t it?

        Here we go:

        https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Big-shots-caught-up-in-dams-scam-as-money-trail-emerges/1056-5001224-nqrqyb/index.html

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    • Adongo,
      This guy Ruto has been on the roll for too long.
      Its now apparent that his sole aim of getting into government was stealing. Thats stealing was also meant to buy him the presidency. Its only the handshake that killed this wild ambition.

      Another thing that is clear for all to see is that Jubilee is basically dead. It will take a miracle to revive this party. Probably it never existed in the first place. Murathe was right, Ruto is a gone case and it seems that Jubilee insiders are determined that must be stopped by all means neccessary.

      The corruption cases that you have listed in your post are just but the tip if the iceberg. Ruto has been having fun stealing without consequences until Raila came out to comment on the “7 billion only” saga. The corridors have it that CS Rotich who is part and parcel of this theft told the DCI that most of the money was paid out behind his back. That he had refused but somone above him made that decision. Who is this person? Its mind boggling how brazen this theft has been so far. That Rotich created a company with Italian directors to fleece the country is new in the books of corruption in Kenya. The way Ruto is defending the theft is really suspicious.His minions are also attacking everyone in sight including Uhuru Kenyatta. I wont defend Uhuru because he has the power to fire the thieves but he wont.

      Its obvious that for Ruto to win the presidency he must the get the kikuyu vote 90-100%. If only 50% of the kikuyus vote for someone else then he is finished. Apart from that, he was heavily relying on stealing elections. However, this needs one to have state machinery behind them. Now that even Uhuru who controls that machinery has no faith in him, he is doomed to fail there too. The last option would have been to embrace Raila, to get some good will from his support base. But we all know that this bridge has been burnt.

      There are some tough times ahead for this thief

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  2. David Murathe resigns from Jubilee, cites bid to block Ruto’s 2022 ambition

    David Murathe has resigned from from his post as Jubilee interim vice-chairman, citing his bid to block Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

    Mr Murathe made the announcement on Sunday, after explaining why he wants the DP to retire alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

    “I now find that it is no longer tenable to stay on as the party vice-chairman, given that I will have to sit in the same National Executive Council with a man I am taking to court to block from running for president,” he said.

    https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/David-Murathe-resigns-from-Jubilee/1064-4923642-b14pyz/index.html

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