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Thursday May 14, 2020 – Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, has claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta started pushing Deputy President William Ruto into political oblivion in 2017.

Speaking yesterday, Murkomen, who was kicked out as Majority Leader in the Senate on Monday, said Uhuru never wanted Ruto after their election in 2017.

He noted that the President has never assigned Ruto any duties to make him relevant.

He noted that the handshake between Uhuru and ODM leader, Raila Odinga, further complicated the chemistry between the President and his deputy.

He accused unnamed loyalists of the President of working overtime to humiliate Dr Ruto by projecting him as an outsider in Government.

“No official duties have been delegated to the DP, including chairing of Cabinet sub-committees, as has been has been the tradition where occupiers of the office are active in the day-to-day running of Government,” said Murkomen.

“There have been deliberate efforts from the President’s loyalists to box the DP into irrelevance,” he added.

Under the Executive Order Number 1 of 2019, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was mandated to supervise Government programmes and projects, a role some felt should have been given to Ruto.

Currently, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe is driving the war on Covid19.

The CS is chairing the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, a post some still feel, should be the DP’s.


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