The international community is reported to be having keen interest on the political development in Kenya where William Ruto appears to be a outsider in government as opposition chief Raila Odinga assumes a central role at State House.
Recent warnings by the newly appointed US ambassador to Kenya Keyle McCarter that corrupt Kenyans will not be allowed to step on the American soil notably coincided with the State House move to cancel Ruto’s trip to the United States.
Ruto was set to fly out of the country for an extensive tour of US and Canada perceived as a strategic rebranding mission to establish backings in influential foreign capitals ahead of 2022 elections.
Surprisingly, the trip which had factored in a large entourage of top officials from the DP’s office and a host of the so-called Tanga Tanga MPs was put to a stop at the eleventh hour following instructions from above.
For starters, a longstanding cold feud between Ruto and Internal PS Karanja Kibicho degenerated into a public spat when Ruto confronted Kibicho at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as they waited to welcome back Uhuru Kenyatta from Rwanda.
Ruto and his team had complained that the PS was behind a series of frustrations the DP was facing in the government by starving him financially and security wise to covering his functions across the country.
Ordinarily, for a whole DP to cry foul over being mistreated by a junior officer in his own government is a clear indication that things are not normal.
Weekly Citizen has established that the DP is also a bitter man after Kibicho, as the accounting officer, refused to authorise cash to facilitate his functions locally and abroad and has vowed to cut the DP down to size ahead of 2022 elections.
However, observers strongly believe that Kibicho was only acting as the messenger of Uhuru who has frequently issued harsh warnings to his renegade deputy against early political campaigns at the expense of development projects.
Intelligent political scheming by powerful forces within State House have badly exposed Ruto as a man at war with key Uhuru ministers and other top investigators including DCI George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.
Tellingly, the scheme is working so well against Ruto and keen analysts are quick to point out that the DP is jumping from a frying pan to real fire day by day ahead of the next presidential duel which has formed to be between him and a candidate from Kieleweke team.
Prior to an open war with Kibicho, Ruto and his allies had loudly complained that Haji and DCI boss were Uhuru’s errand boys positioned to frustrate his presidential ambition in the name of fighting graft.
In retaliation the DP and his allied who felt that the war against corruption was targeted at them sponsored a bill to clip powers of the two top sleuths in the fight against corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Laws (Amendment) was sponsored by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro a close Ruto allied and a host to Murang’a prayer rally that Uhuru cancelled at the eleventh hour.
Weekly Citizen had been informed that Ruto and his allies were planning to turn the event into a political platform to announce what was to be called ‘Murang’a declaration’.
Consequently Ruto could have been declared and anointed Kikuyu community preferred presidential candidate in 2022 and that is how the intelligence advised Uhuru to cancel the gathering.
What annoyed Uhuru is that, Ruto was to visit his home turf to popularise his own presidential ambition when Uhuru and Raila had been postponing Central Kenya visits due to unfriendly ground.
Imperative to note the anti graft pair, George Kinoti and Noordin Haji in unexpected public sparring with Kenyan second in command responded by a vow not to slow down their fight against graft adding the war was not targeted at any particular individual for Ruto and his allies to panic.
Currently, the DP and his Tanga Tanga team are embroiled in a fresh fierce war with the Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and a plot has been hatched to impeach the latter.
The scheme has ignited a political storm in the country with allies of Uhuru and Raila daring Ruto’s camp to bring the censure motion.
Ruto team is determined to package the fight against Matiang’i as a war against corruption by citing his alleged involvement in the gold scandal and the Ruaraka land saga which took place when he was in charge of Education ministry.
But according to keen observers Matiang’i was being targeted by allies of the deputy president following a notion he was the chief engineer of current political bewilderment facing Ruto.
This coupled with a new idea that Matiang’i could be a surprise presidential candidate in 2022 general elections seems to have seriously provoked the DP whose boss has decided to maintain silence in his frequent wars with junior officers in the jubilee administration.
Ruto’s evident trouble with Matiangi stems back to when President Kenyatta announced the Interior CS as the super minister, instantly overshadowing Ruto who had increased his tours across the country in the name of launching projects.
The move prompting speculations that Uhuru was keen to hand over power to a person with qualities to unite Kenya and put the country on a growth trajectory.
In the rise and rise of Matiangi, the CS is charged with chairing and coordinating the powerful National Development Implementation Technical Committee that comprise all Cabinet Secretaries, the Attorney General and the Head of Public Service secretariat