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Mystery Over DP Ruto’s Secret One-day Trip To Sudan

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Deputy President William Ruto secretly travelled to Khartoum, Sudan, on Tuesday, a few hours before President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech in Mombasa, insider reports now say, no details have been provided over the private one-day trip.

Ruto flew out on a private jet belonging to Phoenix Aviation, registration number 5Y-SIR from Wilson Airport with at least four close allies, among them Abdul Mwasera and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and then jetted back into the country on Wednesday at around 11 am.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka confirmed the two briefly met at Khartoum airport but said it was coincidental and not a planned meeting. “I was on my official mission as the Special Envoy in South Sudan and we just bumped into one other with the DP at Khartoum airport,” said Kalonzo.

Kalonzo said the DP told him he was on a private mission and thereafter took a flight to another destination. “Nothing pre-planned happened. There was no meeting at all. It is a desperate attempt to say the meeting was pre-planned. The DP was in the company of Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi. Also present at the airport was Kenya’s ambassador Chris Mburu,” he said.

Ruto left hours before the president made his Cabinet changes, word has it the two have not met since he returned from Botswana. The DP had on December 23 taken a two-week New Year holiday trip to Botswana to spend time with his family.

After flying in from Botswana, he went to Nyeri to attend the burial of Martha Kirigo, mother of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua on January 8 where he defended the president from claims he plans to stay in power after 2022. “For clarity, the party has no scheme or plan to change the constitution with the intent to take Kenya back to the dark days to have leadership concentrated in one corner of this country,” he said.

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During the cabinet reshuffle the President would drop Mwangi Kiunjuri, a key Ruto ally, from the cabinet and when asked about it, gave a brief response.”The ones I haven’t mentioned …. they are either in [another] place and if they are not in place then so be it. Kenya moves on,” he stated.

Exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna sent a message of encouragement in a rare show of solidarity addressed to the Dp.

 


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