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Wednesday June 3, 2020 – Secret talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto, on Saturday saved National Assembly Majority leader, Aden Duale, from the Jubilee purge.
Uhuru, who is said to have been under pressure from his close political allies to fire Duale, sought Ruto’s input in their meeting in State House.
According to reports, it was in the lengthy talks, just two days to Madaraka Day, that a deal on Duale was reached.
The President also met the DP for brief talks yesterday before calling in Duale as members waited in the tent.
Duale left the meeting room and joined anxious colleagues in the tent with critics taken aback at the rather unexpected “honourable” treatment.
The first purge that claimed Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika as Senate Majority leader and Majority Whip respectively was ruthless with no consultations.
“The President and the Deputy President met Duale for a couple of minutes before we were addressed.”
“It appeared they were giving him some instructions,” said a Jubilee MP who was at State House.
When the President headed to the tent with Ruto, he is said to have been categorical that while “he had pulled the sword, he would not draw the blood today (yesterday)”.
“Baba yangu alinifunza ukitoa njora, rudisha saa zingine bila kutoa damu,” Uhuru is quoted to have said as he addressed the PG in reference to Duale’s fate.
The Kenyan DAILY POST