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FULL INTERVIEW: I’m not married to Uhuru Kenyatta, says DP Ruto

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished the contention among pundits  that the bromance hitherto witnessed between him and his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta, had died.
In an interview with NTV reporter Ken Mijungu at his Karen home in Nairobi,  DP Ruto affirmed that his relationship with the Head of State is deeper, intact and unmatched, but that
when it comes to counting those who have stood with President Uhuru in his political career, only his wife, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta would beat him.
He was answering a question on whether the two were reading from the same script on several issues.
“What happened to the bromance between you and President Kenyatta.”
“I have heard others talk about the marriage….Uhuru Kenyatta is married to Margaret and I am married to Rachel. There is no marriage business here. We were elected by Kenyans to do a job, Uhuru as president and I as the Deputy President. What you should be asking me is; are you delivering on the job you were given by Kenyans?” Ruto posed.

“If there is respect and loyalty that can be displayed. There is no one who has displayed loyalty and respect to Uhuru than myself.”

The DP who sounded emotional went on a nostalgic path to remember his first encounters with the President during the infancy of their political careers.In a coded language and hitting at the opposition politicians, the DP said that some of them who are claiming to be siding with the President have never voted or supported him in his political career.

“These people, many of them are people in NASA are people who have never voted for Uhuru Kenyatta. I knew Uhuru in 1998. The former President sent me to Mark Too. I had to persuade Mark Too to step down [so that Uhuru could be nominated to parliament],” he said.

 

He revealed that at the time President Uhuru conceded defeat after running for president in 2002 on KANU ticket, only three of them arrived in Serena. Close to fifty KANU members had left.

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He further claimed that Amani Party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa all turned down a golden chance to team up with Uhuru in 2013, a duty he gladly embraced and they won the elections.

 

This comes amidst reports of a plot to use the Building Bridges Initiative to kick out the DP by giving the President powers to sack him.On Tuesday, Borabu MP Ben Momanyi told the Standard such a move was being considered in the adoption of the BBI report in a quest to establish a government of national unity.

“We have agreed to address such emerging issues by handing the president powers to sack his deputy. You cannot openly fight your boss,” said Momanyi.But in an attempt to rubbish tension, the DP during the interview said that there is nothing like a broken relationship between him and Uhuru. He branded them as media creations.He said: “I have read many headlines… ‘The marriage has died’ The bromance.”

 

“Uhuru Kenyatta is married to Margaret I am married to Rachel. We were elected to serve the people.”

The DP defended his stance when he publicly lashed Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho in past on separate occasions.He said some of the blames are created by his allies whom he has no powers over.“You will be surprised as to how much war I have with these people. Many times I speak after they have spoken.”Despite Tanga Tanga faction consistently reminding President Uhuru to the owner his pledge by supporting the DP’s presidential bid; Ruto maintained that there was a condition in their political pact.

 

“I supported Uhuru not because I wanted him to support me. I never made a claim and never made a condition,” he stated.“And I know that he is going to support the candidate of Jubilee when that time comes.”Ruto waded into the BBI debate where certain political leaders have called for the establishment of a powerful premier. He remained coy when asked his views about Uhuru taking up the role of a prime minister upon the expiry of his term.“I have never heard Uhuru Kenyatta say that he wants to extend his term. Until he pronounces it then I will take it.ICC and other casesThe Standard on January 21 established that Directorate of Criminal Investigations was reopening a case in which land was sold to Kenya Pipeline at Sh272 million in 2011.In the case, the DP and his co-accused were acquitted after the prosecution failed to prove that the two received money from Kenya Pipeline Corporation.

But according to the DP, the reopening of the case has lots of political ill motives underneath. He attributed the move to 2022 succession politics.“Every time there are succession politics there are cabals. There are those who play games to install those who can serve their interest and not people,” he said.“There was no case. If the money went to Transnational Bank and the bank has accepted that the money went to them.

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Why is Ruto in court?”He sensationally claimed a police boss attached to the NIS had told him that there are plans to reopen his ICC case just to pile misery on him ahead of the 2022 poll.“You never know, maybe there will be other cases. They are looking for witnesses. My political opponents want to find ways to stop my candidature,” he said.BBI meetingThe DP remained mum and did not disclose whether he was planning to attend the BBI meeting at Mombasa’s Tononoka Grounds on Saturday.

He said he would be consulting with the president on the way forward.However, Ruto said that the planning and discussions of the events were sinister, judging from what transpired in Kisii and Kakamega meetings.He said: “BBI is not a place where you ask who to go to Mombasa. People must stop deciding for others who for BBI.

It is an open discussion.”“I have already talked to Yusuf haji and I told him that I want an opportunity to present my ideas.”He took a dig at ODM and a section of Jubilee legislators who drive the BBI meetings as he accused them of propagating division. He claimed that his support for BBI had left critics red-faced and exposed.“There were people who believed and wanted to drive a narrative that William Ruto will oppose the BBI. In fact, some of them were dazed when I support I was supporting the BBI.”

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On Thursday, ODM leader Raila Odinga said that all leaders are welcome to the forum, despite the conditions given by pro-BBI legislators on Wednesday.“Everybody is welcome. We are saying that the game is for inclusion rather than exclusion. We want this to unite the people of Kenya and not to divide them,” Odinga said.Odinga said that the BBI drive is not tailored to isolate any particular community because it is a Kenyan agenda aimed to unite the country.“It will be misguided for someone to think that he can sabotage this process. This is a people process,” Odinga said.But in response, the DP lashed at Odinga saying that no one ought to set conditions on a public event, in which everyone should be welcomed. “Kwani BBI ni yako? Kwani BBI ya Kenya ni yako? Wewe unatualika kama nani? Kwani sisi ni wakimbizi?” (Is BBI yours? On what ground are you inviting us to the BBI meeting? And, are we refugees?)“I am asking Mr Haji (Senator Haji Yusuf) to reveal the venue of the meeting to allow all Kenyans to gather there and air their views.Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi fired a warning to the politicians who are planning to attend the meeting that they should let the Coastal region residents air their views because they are the host of the forum.“When you come here just remember that this a chance for a Coastal resident to discuss the BBI report. So come knowing that you have to give them that chance,” said Governor Kingi.His Mombasa counterpart Governor Hassan Joho cautioned against reducing the BBI meeting into a political rally.

-Standardmedia.co.ke

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Matatu rams into Equity Bank branch, injures seven

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A 14-seater matatu hit three vehicles before ploughing into a building housing the Equity Bank branch in Chuka town, injuring seven passengers among them five students going back to school after their mid-term break.

Confirming the Sunday evening incident, Meru South Sub-County Police Commander Joseph Kavoo said the injured were rushed to Chuka County Referral Hospital.

“The seven injured passengers were in a public transport vehicle that hit some other vehicles before ploughing into the main gate of Equity Bank,” said Mr Kavoo.

Witnesses said the driver of the Mekina Sacco matatu lost control of the vehicle immediately after leaving Chuka town bus park.

It hit a private car before ramming into two others, then ploughed into the Equity Bank building’s main door.

“I think the vehicle had a problem because immediately the engine was fired, the vehicle took off at high speed, hitting other vehicles and ploughing into the bank building,” said Mr James Mutegi, a trader.

Tharaka-Nithi County rescue team manager Alex Mugambi said two students who were seated at the front of the matatu were bleeding profusely.

Immediately after the incident, police led by Mr Kavoo secured the scene, making sure that members of public do not take advantage of the situation to loot money and other property.

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MP Johana Ngeno arrested

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Emurrua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno was on Monday evening arrested at Kimogor trading center in Narok South for holding an illegal meeting on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The lawmaker was accosted by a team of police officers and ushered into a waiting police Land Cruiser.

The officers were forced to shoot in the air to disperse a charging crowd that attempted to block them from arresting the MP.

The dramatic arrest was characterised by screams from residents and supporters of the MP.

Narok South Sub-county Deputy Commissioner Felix Kisalu said Mr Ngeno defied police orders against holding the gathering aimed at informing residents about the BBI report.

When the Nation contacted Mr Kisalu on phone, he said, “The team on the ground is on the way with the MP. I am yet to meet them. When they arrive I will be briefed on what transpired.”

He said, however, that preliminary reports indicated the MP refused to wait three days, as required, for a permit to hold a gathering.

Mr Ngeno did not answer phone calls for comment on the matter.

The commissioner noted that the area where the MP was arrested is volatile as it was the epicentre of fighting between the Kipsigis and Maasai in 2019.

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The dispute concerned theft of cattle and evictions from the Maasai Mau Forest.

Last Friday, Mr Ngeno was in a group of Kipsigis leaders who walked out of a BBI consultative meeting in Narok County.

The MP, Narok Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa, and several MCAs stormed out of a meeting of more than 1,000 delegates at Maasai Mara University.

They alleged tribal profiling and hate speech by some speakers.

Mr Ngeno layer vowed to hold rallies at the Kipsigis regions in Narok South, Narok West and Emurrua Dikirr to discuss the BBI report with his community.

MP Ngeno is not new to arrests.

In September last year, he was apprehended on his to the forest to lead protests against the second phase of evictions.

Mr Ngeno was stopped at a road block at Olmekenyu in Narok South and told to go back.

He declined and was consequently arrested and detained alongside Ololulunga Ward Representative Jefferson Langat, who was the host of today’s meeting.

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VIDEO: Ngirita loses her cool, says her son can’t speak German anymore and has become a chokora

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The DCI wants the bank account of a member of the Ngirita family, which is accused of fraudulently receiving millions of shillings from the National Youth Service (NYS), to remain frozen as the monies are proceeds of crime.

Ms Phyllis Njeri Ngirita has filed an application seeking access to her account at KCB to pay school fees for her son.

Chief Inspector Paul Waweru opposed the application on Monday, saying Ms Ngirita did not give compelling reasons for the freeze order to be lifted.

Mr Waweru, who is attached to the Financial Investigations Unit, further said the offences Ms Ngirita allegedly committed are serious as they involve theft of public funds amounting to Sh455.2 million.

OTHER ARGUMENTS

In his reply filed before Justice Mumbi Ngugi on Monday, the officer also said investigators made several applications to freeze the accounts of Ms Ngirita and her co-accused as the funds in question are proceeds of crime.

He noted that the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) already forfeited vehicles that Ms Ngirita is believed to have acquired through proceeds of crime.

“The Sh700,000 was obtained by the applicant through a loan from Opportunity International Wedco Limited and is related to proceeds of crime,” Mr Waweru also told the court.

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He added that the car used as security for the loan, a Toyota Station Wagon, is also on investigators’ radar.

The detectives have preserved the vehicle amid investigations into the NYS 2 corruption scandal.

The account that Ms Ngirita wants to access was frozen following an order by High Court Judge John Onyiego.

Inspector Waweru said, “The application amounts to abuse of court process as the court has already pronounced itself on this. The applicant should have made the application before Justice Onyiego, who froze the account.”

“ONLY MONEY”

In her application, Ms Ngirita said her Standard Seven son at Pembroke House School in Gilgil has been at home due to arrears amounting to Sh3.4 million.

She claims the Sh800,000 that is locked up at her bank “is the only money I have” and that she acquired it as a loan.

Her lawyer Evans Ondieki said he was not a position to respond immediately to the DCI as he was served late.

Mr Ondieki also said the DCI, the ARA and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution have ganged up and mixed their constitutional duties.

“The ODPP should be an independent office and impartial but it is acting as one unit with the ASA and DCI. This is unconstitutional and against the principle of innocence. They are fused and there no checks and balances,” he said.

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Ms Ngirita’s application will be heard on March 3.

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