Saturday June 13, 2020 – Deputy President William Ruto is now facing a serious rebellion from his own community even as he is still reeling from the bitter political divorce with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking on Thursday, the Kalenjin elders accused the DP of only seeking them when he needs their help.
“When you were happy and living the fine life, you didn’t know we existed, now that your cookie is crumbling, you want to hide amongst us.”
The elders further accused Ruto of causing political division in the community by creating camps to undermine other leaders for personal gain.
“We fail to understand why Dr Ruto has in the past sidelined local leaders and elders and created preferred cliques to advance his State House agenda but has been quick to seek community blessings now that he is facing a storm in the ruling Jubilee Party,” said Keiyo elder, Yusuf Keitany.
Mr. Cheboni Kimimin, another elder from Keiyo, claimed that political interests at the expense of driving the region’s socio-economic development a notch higher had clouded the DP.
Elsewhere on Thursday, KANU Secretary-General, Nick Salat, said that it was evident that since 2013, Mr. Ruto has not had the community’s interests at heart, but was only pushing his own interests.
He noted that KANU will continue championing President Kenyatta’s interests.
He claimed that the same elders who say that they have blessed Mr. Ruto to be the region’s political kingpin have been planning to meet Senator Gideon Moi and bless him ahead of 2022 but they were respecting the ban on political gatherings as directed by President Kenyatta.
“The DP has been accusing others of visiting shrines but what happened on Friday in Nandi County is a sign of desperation and it is double standards to the biblical teachings he has been referring to, he wants to use the community to sympathise with him as Uhuru axes his allies who are working against the President’s agenda,” said Mr. Salat.
The Talai, descendants of Nandi legendary leader, Koitalel arap Samoei, are highly respected and known to offer blessings and guidance to individuals – including politicians – seeking or holding high positions in the society.
The Kenyan DAILY POST