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Sensing Betrayal, Ruto Rises To The Occasion Against Uhuru

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President Uhuru and DP Ruto

 

Having been the longest-serving Kenyan VP, and a close friend of the then President Moi, Prof. George Saitoti had been secretly gunning for the presidency. He had thought his loyalty to the totalitarian leader had earned him the consideration and that he would easily endorse him as Moi went to retirement. The shock on him, Moi planned a marriage with Raila and had Uhuru Kenyatta in his mind as his preferred heir to the throne.

The reality would hit Saitoti later in at Kasarani where the disappointed and furious VP when he realised his dreams had been shattered, took to the microphone at the Kasarani and made his now most famous political speech: “I know there are many of you who wanted me to contest, is that not so?” he asked the delegates. “There come (sic) a time when the nation is more important than an individual…but one day I will be proved right.”

By working outside the Rift Valley elite, Prof Saitoti naively thought he could marshal support and that, as the vice-president, his appointment to a senior party position was a given. What Prof Saitoti did not know, however, was that his fall had been choreographed at State House by some key Rift Valley elite and erstwhile associates.

Another person who was to fall with him was then Kanu Secretary-General Joseph Kamotho, whose position was to be taken by Mr. Odinga. Neither got the wind of what lay ahead. It was a few months to the Kanu presidential nominations and Raila thought this would be his crowning moment if he combined the Kanu block of votes with the ones in Nyanza — a dangerous gamble. Pundits say the problem with Saitoti was that he had very few confidantes. That day, he was horrified to find out that his name was not in the line-up.

He walked over to Mr. Moi and, according to multiple sources, complained loudly about it. It was the first time that many of his friends had seen him complain bitterly. But Moi dismissed him with: “Kimya (shut up!) Professor, if your name is not on the list, it is not there.” Saitoti left a hurt man and felt betrayed by the person (Moi) and people (presumed friends) he least expected.

Politics and betrayal go in hand as they say it is nothing personal just business. When Raila and Kibaki signed a memorandum of understanding for Kibaki to serve only one term and leave for Raila, we all bought it until Kibaki threw his ‘friend’ under the bus and ran for a second term. Closer is the shortest deal in political history when Uhuru endorsed Mudavadi for the presidency only to withdraw it hours later.

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With these realities that can’t be ignored, the rather glamorous marriage between Uhuru and Ruto couldn’t be as glittering after all. Ruto’s Friends Fear Uhuru Stab In The Back. However, this is not something new, many of Central politicians have been low-key speaking about it, Ex-Governor of Kiambu even publicly said Kikuyus will reconsider their support to Ruto after 2017.

However, it is not like Samoei one of the Machiavellian politicians of these times is completely aware of silent talks and betrayal schemes. One of his senior aides once told me, “Ruto is not naive he knows all these you’re telling me about and has an exit plan God forbid should it get there.”

UhuRuto marriage was crafted on circumstances as The two found themselves hinged at The ICC Fulcrum, it has been referred to as The marriage of convenience. The return of Peter Munya to Jubilee has unsettled Rift Valley. Uasin Gishu leaders meeting in a posh hotel yesterday see the hand of Gideon Moi. Some feel that a betrayal would be fate. Now that Ruto tried to impose Buzeki as Governor. Political observers say there’s mounting pressure on Uhuru to win the fresh elections. Win or win.

Yet money is low in the camp. And those funding the rerun have conditions attached to their generosity. Whispers in Central Kenya ask, “Who’s next to come 2022?” Those who aim to ascend to power wish to cut all links with Gatundu and Moses Kuria. “The man never knows when to shut up! He shall sink alone,” they say. Mursik has a sour taste.

In the Rift, there’s that tired and run-down feeling. The bread basket of Kenya wants to plough their fields. Continue with the construction of tall buildings in their jewel, Eldoret. They would if
Kenya was not so caught up in the election fever. Ruto’s confidantes Murkomen and Duale feel they have sacrificed much to be cut off now.

By now many must have noticed the public display of anger by the President has gone down, instead, Ruto is a walking inferno. According to heavy political intelligence captured by Kenya Insights, Uhuru is continuously growing tired of fights with Raila and considering getting into a coalition government with him if that’s what it will take for him to maintain the presidency. During the Supreme Court proceedings, Uhuru through his lawyer told the court he was willing to form a nusu mkate or an inclusive government with Raila. But Ruto can’t hear any of that as he knows such a situation would share off the limelight from him just when he needs it most ahead of 2022.

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“These people refused to open the IEBC servers for it would expose the rot it holds and in line evaporate the legitimacy of Uhuru, they sacrificed the presidency now you think sacrificing few seats for Raila to calm down would be too much?” One of my sources placed deep in Jubilee posed to me.

Recently, the President bragged about having majority numbers in both houses; Parliament and Senate enough to martial for changes in the constitution. Amongst key considerations is cutting off the term limits from two to lifetime for the presidency. This brought fear and excitement to Ruto at the same time, excitement because it would mean after 2022, he could rule as long as he lives and fears that his partners would take advantage and short change him to a political oblivion.

DP Ruto’s Karen home has been a hub of late night meeting with his loyalists mostly from the Rift Valley strategizing on the next move. Ruto we learn has vowed to never allow Jubilee / Raila partnership. It is through the DP’s intervention that IEBC CEO, Ezra Chiloba was reinstated and even charged to oversee the August election. The CEO who is said to be largely responsible for bungling the election has already been endorsed by Jubilee to oversee election and NASA rejecting saying there won’t be an election until he exists. One doesn’t want to think hard on the insistence to retain Chiloba by Ruto.

Ruto and a section of his loyalists in a happy mood after the meeting with IEBC officials at the Anniversary Towers in Nairobi.

The DP we learn is going out of his limits to ensure they win the election even though Uhuru has lost confidence, he is on record sensing defeat that they’ll impeach President Odinga. Perhaps the clearest indicator of the rift in Jubilee played out recently in public without many noticing it. When Jubilee paid a visit the IEBC, he was only accompanied by his loyalists from Rift Valley and very few from the other side. This was a simple hint of something unusual going on. It is difficult to read any misunderstanding between the two principals given their public display of romance.

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Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice. How tough is tough. The people in Sugoi and Kapsabet’s kiosks are wondering. “Kwani nini imefanyikia Samoei Ruto?” “Alikuwa anapigania katiba na haki. Sasa anasema katiba ni mbaya! Maraga ni mbaya!”
This sentiment and the alternative of a Moi and Munya presidency come 2022 has a few old men
smiling.

The young leaders around Ruto feel threatened. They should be. Gideon Moi has the image of a fair man. He is urbane, knows the constitution and loves law and order. Favourable attitudes which arouse admiration in villages and cities. From Kabartonjo to Kericho. Others fear a repeat of history. If it were not for James Kanyotu, George Kariithi and Attorney General Charles Njonjo: Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi would never have been president. And DP
Ruto has few powerful friends.

Oil rises above the water. To DP Ruto’s credit, he has risen fast. Too fast. With many pushed aside and stepped on. An I-can-do-all-things attitude. He forgets that you need people. The loyal ones around him see the faint writing on the wall of history. DP Ruto cannot see it at all. They know the Jubilee Treaty is a monstrous lie. Failing in strength and health every day we near 2022.

A dangerous stewardship. Kipchumba Murkomen is the man on the hot seat. Tasked by Rift Valley’s leaders to guide the ship, MV Samoei, come 2022 into State House. In reference to Gideon Moi, they warn, “A man may be down but he’s never out.”

If we’re to borrow a leaf from the history then we can say the fire is just getting started. Power is not given but taken, with all factors constant, Ruto must stretch beyond his limits if he aims to capture power. Knowing the man in question, I can tell this battle is just getting started. You ever stayed in a relationship that is completely off and hanging on a string? Both of you having lost the mojo but just hold on to it for the admirals from your friends? You ever chewed a gun till it lost taste but you keep on going just to keep your mouth busy? Well, Ruto and Uhuru might not show any signs of mistrust and displeasure in public, in fact, you’ll keep seeing them happily appearing together but keep in mind, behind every smile there’s underlining cause. Time will finish this story.


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President Uhuru Sacks Eric Kiraithe

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ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has issued a statement dated May 7, 2019 saying that Retired Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna replaces Eric Kiraithe as governments Spokesperson with immediate effect.

The directive reads and I quote; “In line with directions from the Executive office of the President through the Head of Public Service, the office of the Government Spokesman shall be domiciled at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology,”

“He will also have content oversight role over the two government news gathering and dissemination channels; Kenya News Agency and MyGov,” the directive adds.

Rtd. Col. Oguna was formerly the spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces. He became popular and attracted so many public limelights with his tough talk when the KDF entered Somalia in 2011.

He was the senior most spokesman in the former ‘Operation Linda Nchi.’  Oguna faded from the limelight immediately when KDF and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) joined forces.

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Oguna replaces Eric Kiraithe, who previously served as the Kenya Police spokesman and Chief of Security at the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).Kiraithe had served as Government spokesman since March 2016.

 


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Full List Of President Uhuru’s Appointments

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Kenya's President HE Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo|Twitter

President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a gazette notice dated May 3, 2019 had appointed and reappointed key figures to and from his government.

Here’s the full list of the appointments

Dennis Waweru has been appointed non-executive chairman of the Kenya Investment Authority.

Jamleck Kamau has been appointed as chairman of Tana and Athi Rivers Development.

Dan Mwanzo to head Kenya Ferry Services.

Jebii Kilimo has been appointed chairperson to the trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

Julius Malombe has been named chair of the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

Nicholas Gumbo is now the chair of the Kenyatta National Hospital board.

Elias Mbao will head the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Governing Council.

President Kenyatta’s brother-in-law Victor Pratt has been re-appointed as chair and member of the Retirement Benefits Authority.

Franklin Bett is the chair of the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s wife Zahra as a member of the Tourism Research Institute.

Michael Bowen – Chairman of the Industrial Development Bank (Capital).

Abdirahiman H. Abdi – Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Regulatory Authority.

Robin Achoki – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Board.

Angeline Yiamiton Siparo – Non-Executive Chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council.

Sam Kona – Chairman of the National Council for Population and Development Board.

Ignatius Kahiu Chairperson of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited Board. (The appointment of Eliud Matu Wamae* is revoked.)

Karanja Mburu (Eng.), Abdalla Gonzi, – members of the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority Board.

Joshua Toro – Chairperson of the National Irrigation Board. (The appointment of Mudzo Nzili* is revoked.)

Elizabeth Pantoren (Prof.) – Chairperson of the Board of the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.

Francis Kuria Gatonye – Chairperson of the Pest Control Products Board.

Jane Karuku – Chairperson of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

Josiah Magut – Chairperson of the Bomas of Kenya Board.

Mary Mbilo Khimulu – Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in Eastern Africa.

Mutuma Mathiu – Chairperson of the Kenya Copyright Board.

Gituro Wainaina – Chairperson of the Kenya School of Government.

Deborah Bubi – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board.

Muragu Kinandu (Prof.) – Chairperson of the Board of the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Mohamed Liban – Chairperson of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority.

Jackson Selela Ole Mwanik – Chairperson of the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority.

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Dorothy Ghettuba Pala – Chairperson of the Kenya Film Commission.

Francis Baya – Chairperson, Kenya Literature Bureau.

George Baker Bebora – Chairperson of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Mwambu Muliro – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Utalii College Council.

Cavince Odoyo Owidi – Chairperson of the Lake Basin Development Authority.

Joyce Ngugi – Chairperson of the National Council for Children Services.

Misigo Amatsimbi – Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.

Mwambu Muliro – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Utalii College Council.

John Ondigo Onsati – Chairperson of the Kenya National Examinations Council.

Richard K. Lagat – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Tourism Finance Corporation Board.

Alphonse Kioko – Chairperson of the Tourism Fund Board.

Jimmy Kariuki – Chairperson of the Kenya Tourism Board.

George Baker Bebora – Chairperson of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Thomas Koyier, Martin Mugambi Mithega, Charles Kipkulei, Monica Nyambura Mucheke, – members of the Insurance Tribunal.

Elias Mbao, Michael Muia Kiswili – members of the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Governing Council.

Muthoni Gichohi – Chairperson of the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal.

James Mamboleo, Gideon Solonka, Wangechi Gikonyo,  Veronica Soila,  Leseya Owede,  Members of retirement Appeal Tribunal.

Richard Kiplagat – Chairman of the Board of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority. (The appointment of Ngeny Biwott* is revoked.)

Jacqueline Oyuyo – member of the Board of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority.

Lucy Kambuni – Chairperson of the Capital Markets Tribunal.

Rose Nkonge – Chairperson of the Anti-Money Laundering Advisory Board.

Wambua Kilonzo – Chairman of the Insurance Tribunal.

Destaings Nyenyi Nyongesa, Kimani Muhoro, Valentine Mwende, Becky Mogire – members of the Competition Tribunal.

Anthony Maina Macharia, Kennedy Nyankieya Nyamweya, Karen N. Kandie, Laila Macharia – members of the Capital Markets Tribunal.

Christine Okoth, Peter M. Mungai – members of the Board of the Capital Markets Authority.

William ole Mayiani, Jeridah Bosibori Mbaka – members of the Board of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Mbatia Kimani – member of the Board of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Major (Rtd) Nishit Dhanvantrai Maru, Catherine Juma, Duncan Ndegwa Maasai, Captain Ahmed Mohamed Ali – members of the Board of the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Arch. Jerry Magutu (Prof.), Habil Olaka, Patricia Nyambura Gathuri, Caroline Armstrong – members of the Board of the National Housing Corporation.

Salome Kimata – member of the Board of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

Ismail Gulum Dhora, Ken Waibochi, Pamela Tutui, Caroline Wangui Kariuki, Kaburu Mwirichia – members of the Board of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority.

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Mike Rubia, Fred Gachie Ng’ang’a, Munyua Waiyaki, Simon Kiuta, Pauline Muthangani – members of the Board of the Postal Corporation of Kenya.

George Baker Bebora – member of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Wahome Gitonga – member of the Board of Kenya Pipeline Company Limited.

Bernard M. Ngore – member of the National Standards Council.

Elephas K. Gikungi – member of the Board of Directors of Kenya Industrial Property Institute.

Maj. Rtd. Hussein Abshiro Herin, Kaberi Limukii (Dr.), Nyawira Ophelia Njeru – members of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.

Andrew Gichamba Muigai (Eng.), Rahab W. Lanoi – members of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.

Peter Mathuki – member of the Board of the Kenya Investment Authority (The appointment of Washington Makodingo (Dr.)* is revoked.).

Mark Robert Stephenson – member of the Board of the Kenya Leather Development Council.

Joseph Samai Lomwa, Billy Baltazaar – members of Micro and Small Enterprise Authority.

David Maina Kamiru, Albina Kesorio – members of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited Board. ( The appointment of Ignatius Kahiu (Dr.) * is revoked.)

Pauline Mudesh, Brown Murungi Kairaria, Wycliff Swanya, Brettah Muthuri – members of the Industrial Property Tribunal.

Margaret Rigah, Peterson Mwai, Halima Ali Omar, Francis Gitari – members of the Board of Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.

Bernard Muteti Mungata – Chairman of the Board of Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.

Samuel Kamau – member of the Board of the Numerical Machining Complex Limited. (The appointment of Kamau Gachigi (Dr.)* is revoked.)

David Mutemi Mutui (Amb.), Jane Waroga – members of the National Cereals and Produce Board.

Gakure Munyu – member of the National Irrigation Boar.

Julie Sudi Mwakwambirwa – member of the Board of the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.

Agnes Moraa Angwenyi, Mwenda Kilemi (Dr.) – members of the Pest Control Products Board.

Leonard W. Kariuki – member of the Pest Control Products Board, for a period.

Franklin Bett – Chairperson of the Board of the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

James Muriithi Kangara, Jane Sirindi Githinji, Ndogo Waweru, Robert Murimi – members of the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority.

Emily Kithira Mworia, Nancy Muthoni Njiru, Abdirahman Hassan – members of the National Drought Management Authority.

Stephen Kinuthia, Eunice Ibrahim Sheikh, Judith Kerich, Frida Njeru, Franklin Ndii – members of the Board of Tourism finance cooperation.

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Zahra Bahlewa Moi – member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute

Susan Maina – member of the Kenya Tourism Board.

Kenneth Kiptoo Boit, Wangai Wamae – members of the Board of Kenyatta International Convention Centre, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 1st June.

Harriet Muiruri – member of the Board of the Kenya Medical Research Institute. (The appointment of Kimeli Chepsiror* is revoked.).

Fredrick Wamwaki – member of the Board of the Kenya Medical Training College.

Robert Mwadime Ngolo – member of the National AIDs Control Council.

Dickon Andala (Dr.), Margaret Mwonjoria (Dr.) – members of the Radiation Protection Board.

Wilfred Lesan – Chairman of the Tobacco Control Board.

Somba Kivingu (Dr.), John Musau, Nancy Gachoka, Lilian Wayua Mbevi, Rogers Senaji Mulemi, Kago Wanjiku Caroline – members of the Tobacco Control Board.

Richard Thuo Kamau, Peris Bitutu Onsarigo – members of the Board of Kenyatta National Hospital.

Eva Njenga – Chairperson of the Board of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (Revokes the appointment of George Albert Magoha*.)

Sammy Latema (Dr.) – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Kevin Kariuki Kihara, Maureen Mwangovya, Anthony Njagi Gitambu, Mohammed Mohamud Ali, Naomi Apali – members of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Robert Mutuma – member of the Kenya Water Towers Agency – members of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Wandia Maina, Hibo Bishar Abdi – members of the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

Peter Waweru Kamaku (Dr.), Susan Musyoka (Dr.), Cyrus Mwaniki – members of the Board of Directors of the Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in Eastern Africa.

Stephen Mnangat Alukureng – member of the National Labour Board (revokes the appointment of Maria Cherono*.).

Peter Muchiri – Chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Pius Wario Tume, Alex Masibo, Grace Mwangi, George Maara, Joseph Mburu Waiganjo – trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

Melissa Ngania, Tusmo Jama, Peter Gathirimu, Justus Toroinet Somoire, Mary Njeri Ndonga (Dr.), Abdulahi Diriye – members of the HIV and AIDS Tribunal.

Caroline Musyoka (Chairperson), James Muriu, Shallah Sheikh, Brian Omwenga – members of the Board of Directors of the Business Registration Service Board


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Kutuny: Youths Are Stoning Together

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Chereng’anyi MP Joshua Kutuny hits again and this time around it in Sheng.

The legislator took over the labour day podium in a language well understood by majority of Nairobi youths.

Speaking of how low level youths are being deducted almost half of their poor salaries by NHIF, NSSF and PAYE.

The legislator also thanked Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and urged the national government to back him up in making Nairobi great again.

But the main point in his speech was when he talked about youths stoning together.

(Video courtesy of NTV Kenya)

“Tangu handshake ikuje watu wanakaa pamoja, unapata maboy ata kama wanachoma wanachoma pamoja”

This loosely translates as; Since the Handshake was realized people are living together. You’ll find youths who smoke weed smoking together.

Kutuny publicly speaks about youths stoning yet the government still maintained the ban of use and distribution of marijuana.

Nairobi Sonko had previously admitted smoking weed with Kiambu governor, Ferdinand Waititu while in parliament.

Leaders in the current government have admitted publicly of use marijuana.

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It’s about time the legislators support the motion to legalize medicinal marijuana.

Currently, Raila Junior and Kibera MP Kenneth Okoth are in support of the move to compel the government to legalize medicinal marijuana.


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