Uhuru Kenyatta has on several occasions blocked multi state agencies involved in fighting economic corruption and other crimes from summoning or even arresting William Ruto to shed more light on various matters after his deputy’s name featured during various investigations of prime suspects.Whereas Ruto supporters openly claim Uhuru has abandoned his deputy and betrayed him, to the contrary, the head of state has gone full fledged to protect his embattled DP both locally and internationally.
Talk is rife, Uhuru is currently engaged in secret mission to have Western capitals have travel bans on Ruto and his family lifted. The president’s decision not to assign Ruto international state functions is due to the said bans.According to one MP within Jubilee well versed with the scenarios, it was on this ground a bitter Uhuru openly stated in public, he was no longer going to protect anybody linked to graft including close members of his family.Insiders familiar with the developments intimated to us that in the past the president has turned down requests by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and Directorate of Criminal Investigations to summon Ruto to record statements after the DP’s name featured prominently in corruption allegations.To summon the DP, the sleuths require the consent of the head of state due to the political ramifications the move would generate.
Apart from corruption allegations, the detectives have been seeking to summon Ruto to record statements over his outbursts which they consider as alarming.One such statement is when he publicly claimed three cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries from Mount Kenya region had hatched a plot to kill him. His remarks saw Uhuru direct the CSs implicated in the Ruto assassination to record statements with DCI. However the investigations could not proceed according to one CS involved in the matter on grounds, Ruto was to be summoned to record a statement that could have lasted for hours but when the head of state was briefed of the next action to be taken, he told those involved to go slow saying if Ruto was serious with his allegations, he should record a statement himself but not be seen as being coerced.By then, many saw Ruto assassination claims as political games aimed at winning sympathy from his Mt Kenya voters moreso after the president had decided to sideline him from initiating development projects in favour of cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries from the region.
The group was meeting at Hotel Lamada to focus on Mt Kenya region development agenda when the DP made the outbursts.Though the sleuths recorded statements from the CSs and PSs, Ruto did not record his statement that would have enabled the sleuths to either charge the CSs and PSs with attempted murder or alternatively charge the DP with making a false report.Another outburst the DP made which state security organs considered as alarming was during the burial of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei when he claimed the system wanted him out of the presidential race at whatever cost, meaning they wanted him dead. Ruto was to record a statement on the effect but Uhuru stopped it again according a city politician well in the know of the happenings.Insiders familiar with the developments revealed multi agencies have over six times gathered sufficient evidence linking the deputy president and his allies to suspicious mega tenders but when they sought Uhuru’s nod to summon him, they were directed to shelve the file until they get instructions from him.
But all this time, the sources added, the president has been buying time as he quietly lays the ground for Ruto’s arrest by first whittling down his influence in the government and reducing his international image by halting his interactions with global leaders.The president has also been building a new power base where ODM leader Raila Odinga and Baringo senator Gideon Moi are key pillars who will fill the void once Ruto is vanquished.The plan is to have Gideon take the place of Ruto to avert a rebellion by the Kalenjin community after the fall of the man many consider as their political kingpin. Many however say Gideon foot is too small for Ruto’s oversize shoes in RV.The president has also been dismantling Ruto’s political network to ensure once he is in trouble, there will no leaders brave enough to call for demonstrations to pile pressure on the government to go slow on him.The head of state has also been preparing Kenyans mentally by pledging that he will spare no one in the fight against corruption, including the deputy president or the president’s family members.
Keen observers will have noticed that the DP has of late lost his place in government as evidenced by last week’s event where he was left out during a critical meeting of top government officials chaired by the president.During the virtual meeting that brought together all cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries and chief administrative secretaries, the deputy president was said to be hosting a delegation in his Karen residence as Uhuru outlined his government’s development priorities.Insiders add that the laying of the ground to fix Ruto kicked off in earnest when the president removed the glamour at the DP’s Harambee Annex by designating The Presidency into Executive Office of the President, with Ruto being one among other senior officials.This was followed by the creation of a new function at State House or within the executive, that of a parliamentary liaison which became the new bridge between the executive and parliament thus reducing Ruto’s role in running of the government.The holder of this office is now the link between the executive and the national assembly and the direct link between party matters and the party leader.
Last week the president sent a coded message to Ruto that he is irrelevant when he dispatched Gideon to Malawi to represent him during the inauguration of Lazarus Chakwera as the country’s president.The selection of Gideon was not by coincidence given that he is battling with the deputy president for control of Rift Valley vote bloc as he also eyes the presidency.Normally, it would have been expected that Ruto as deputy president would have been the default choice to represent the president in international events.Gideon’s selection came days after his party, Kanu, signed a post-election coalition pact with Jubilee placing him at a focal point in Uhuru succession.Of interest is that the senator at the inauguration read Uhuru’s speech, a copy of which had been emailed to him by State House before his departure.Days earlier the president had again sidestepped Ruto when he sent Suna East MP Junet Mohammed and his uncle, George Muhoho on assignment to Juba, South Sudan.The president sent his maternal uncle and the national assembly minority chief whip to represent him and Raila at a meeting in Jubaland in ongoing talks about security and regional interests.
Before this, the president had again shown Ruto the middle finger when he sidestepped him and dispatched chief administrative secretary Ababu Namwamba to Burundi to represent him in the swearing in ceremony of their new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye.This was a function the deputy president could have carried out if Uhuru was unavailable. Others however say that to be sent out of Kenya when killer Covid-19 is ravaging the earth is something to be worried of and not pride in.Insiders add that the president is now ready to give the investigators the green light to summon Ruto over multiple corruption allegations.Our source revealed, if given free hand by Uhuru, Ruto is to shed more light in the maize scandal that saw Ruto’s ally, Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu jailed for 67 and 69 respectively if they fail to pay hefty fines.The scandal that was executed when Ruto was Agriculture cabinet minister in the grand coalition government headed by president Mwai Kibaki and Raila as premier.
Insiders add another case is Sh40 billion arms scandal that was executed in his office.They are relying on a CCTV footage taken from the deputy president’s office that positively identifies two of his aides in the company of former Sports cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa and officials from Echo Advanced Technologies, an American Company linked to the scam.The sources add that the detectives also believe they have watertight evidence linking Ruto to attempted Langata Primary School land grab.They believe he is the faceless developer who tried to grab the Lang’ata Primary School playground in 2015.Initially, Ruto had denied owning the Weston Hotel which stands on the land grabbed from the Kenya Civil Authority but later admitted he was the owner.Initially, Ruto and four other persons were charged with fraud over the sale of the Ngong land but the case collapsed in 2011 after one of the critical witnesses failed to take the stand, in what many said was pressure from the executive for her not to show up.Ruto was acquitted in the Sh43 million land fraud alongside his co-accused, Joshua Kulei and Sammy Mwaita.Insiders add that Ruto is to shed light in the multi billions dams’ scandal.
Ruto’s name first cropped up when a company associated with his chief of staff Ken Osinde and other big shots was named as having received part of Sh21 billion irregularly paid to CMC Di Ravenna Kenya branch for the construction of the Arror and Kamwerer dams.Osinde, a former envoy to Germany, Romania and Bulgaria, was listed as a director of Sanlam General Insurance Ltd.Already, those charged with theft include former Treasury CS Henry Rotich, PS Kamau Thugge and 26 other government officials.Insiders add that Ruto is also a person of interest to the police in the murder of Sergeant Kenei, a policeman who was attached to his office.It was during Kenei’s burial that Ruto sensationally claimed that the fake Sh40 billion arms deal and the murder were elaborate schemes orchestrated to undermine and destroy his office and political career.Of interest to the detectives is the fact that Kenei, who was the head of security at the DP’s office at the Harambee House Annex, was killed after being summoned to record a statement on the Sh40 billion arms scam.In Jubilee’s first term, Ruto was also caught up when he hired a private jet for Sh100 million for his ‘shuttle diplomacy’ in West Africa.The trip was to lobby West African countries to support their cause at the International Criminal Court.The detectives are said to consider this as abuse of office which the DP should he held to account.
Joho works on Coast 2022 lineup – Weekly Citizen
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has renewed his war against Coast elected leaders who are perceived to be supportive of William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid. Currently, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya is under siege from hostile MCAs suspected to be under instructions of Joho through county speaker Sammy Ruwa.
Ruwa has been a longtime Joho sidekick and has also acted as his legal adviser in the past. He has been fronted for governor seat twice but rejected. He is speaker for a second term. Towards the end of Mvurya’s first term, he has been a Ruto man. He has no time for Joho, insisting Kwale is not an extension of Mombasa county. In the last general elections, Joho had vowed to ensure Mvurya was defeated at the ballot. But this was never to be after the Mombasa governor fell out with Chirau Mwakwere who was a sure bet against Mvurya on the then popular ODM ticket.
After Mwakwere bolted out of ODM to Wiper, Joho turned to little known Issa Chipera as party candidate. Chipera literally became minced meat for Mvurya who easily beat him and made a comeback on a Jubilee ticket. Mvurya is grooming his deputy Fatuma Achani to succeed him in the next general election but observers say this is a tall order. Joho on the other hand is reportedly pushing Crop Development PS Hamad Boga for the Kwale seat against Mvurya’s candidate and Mwakwere. Another Ruto man on Joho’s radar is Kaloleni MP Paul Katana. Recently, the legislator was discharged as a member of the parliamentary investment committee in actions said to have the Mombasa governor’s hand.
Ironically, Katana was Joho’s PA when he served as Kisauni MP. But it appears other than fighting Katana for aligning himself with Ruto, he never wanted him to be MP in the first place. In the 2013 general election when Katana first contested and lost to little known Gunga Mwinga, there were allegations that ODM insiders had rigged him out. Currently, Joho is said to be financing the political activities of Mwinga to undermine Katana in the constituency. Katana has said severally that his cooperation with Ruto is because of the handshake between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I’m a loyal member of ODM with full respect to my party leader. I also support the handshake and that is why I have been working with DP Ruto to further development in my constituency,” the legislator was quoted as saying.
He has also said his cooperation with Ruto is not for selfish reasons but for the benefit of his constituents. He says the DP has presided over high profile funds drives towards public projects in his constituency. The MP says some of the people fighting him have never assisted Kaloleni to move forward but wants leaders who can bootlick them.“I’m independent-minded and I work for the interest of my people who elected me and have no time for sycophancy,” Katana says. Mohammed Ali of Nyali constituency and a close ally of the DP is another one whom Joho is scheming against. He is pushing his cousin Said Abdalla aka Saido against the Jicho Pevu.
Jicho Pevu’s recent rising political profile after he filed a motion to impeach transport CS James Macharia over chaos at Mombasa port has alarmed the Joho camp. In spite of the rejection of the motion by Speaker Justin Muturi, Ali has become a hero in Mombasa. Last week, pro-Joho Mombasa MPs led by Mvita’s Abdulswamad Nassir were doing damage control. They toured the port and pleaded with the KPA management to put out a notice affirming that usage of SGR for containers upcountry was optional. This was meant to cool the heat against them after residents began collecting signatures to recall them for failing to support Jicho Pevu motion. Another Joho political foe Aisha Jumwa of Malindi constituency is politically wounded and the Mombasa governor no longer cares what she does or says. The Malindi MP’s self-inflicted woes have dimmed her 2022 Kilifi governor bid.
Fresh political formation in Siaya ahead of 2022 – Weekly Citizen
There are plans afoot to drop Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi from a leading role in Senator James Orengo gubernatorial campaign team. Observers point that the surprising decision was reached after it became clear that the controversial legislator was no longer appealing to the majority of voters.
There were earlier reports of an inside analysis conducted within Siaya senator campaign inner circle that hinted the disadvantages of trusting the MP with a major role yet he was also facing stiff opposition from notable politicians in the region. The development debate comes hot on the heels of a video that went viral showing the evidently intoxicated legislator dancing suggestively during a house party attended by women, as his Gem counterpart Elisha Odhiambo cheered. Weekly Citizen has established that political formations are already regrouping in Siaya ahead of 2022 general election and a section of political leaders including top ODM party officials from Alego Usonga are not happy with Atandi’s quick move to front Senator Orengo for the county’s governorship.
Area governor Cornell Rasanga has confronted the lawmaker on a number of occasions describing his early campaigns in support of Orengo as a lack of respect for his office. The protest by the governor sparked off an anti-Atandi wave as he was immediately joined by a host of formidable politicians from Alego Usonga in castigating the MP accused of overstepping his political mandate. The local ODM party leadership led by Alego Usonga branch chairman John Orwenjo, and secretary Paul Jura reaffirmed that the party had crowned Rasanga as their bona fide patron and it was, therefore, his duty to offer political direction on matters regarding his successor. The Orengo-led group which also brings together Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and his Rarieda counterpart Otiende Amollo has been roundly accused of leading early full-scale political activities at the expense of development.
MCAs chairman Sylvester Madialo warned Atandi to stop creating confusion among voters, adding he should hold his horse and wait for the party whistle to be blown or prepare to equally lose his seat at the ballot. The leaders including Township MCA Obiero Otare, Vincent Odawa (North Alego), Judy Okumu (West Alego), Joseph Mboha (South East Alego), and Winnie Otieno (nominated) have loudly questioned how Atandi would deliver for Orengo when he is standing on a politically shaky ground. It is claimed that the Siaya senator blocked Atandi from using his chopper to escape from a crowd that turned rowdy during a food distribution to flood victims in his constituency. It is reported that trouble started after the MP barred Usonga ward MCA Madialo from addressing his voters after the food distribution. People with disabilities who had attended the event reportedly bayed for his blood after he gave them a paltry sh100 prompting Orengo to deny the lawmaker a chopper ride in fear that associating with him would jeopardize his 2022 governorship bid.
Rogue Kisumu NGO’s money minting gimmicks – Weekly Citizen
Various stakeholders and residents of Kisumu county have called upon Nyanza regional police commander Noah Mwivanda and his DCI counterpart Daniel Kipsoi, to investigate the activities of the chairman of an NGO called Magnum Environment Network Michael Nyaguti. The NGO, it is claimed, is a briefcase one with no donor funding surviving fully on extortion and threats. By last week, a victim was planning to institute private criminal charges against the NGO.
They are accusing Nyaguti of extortion and blackmail of people under the guise of encroaching on water catchment areas and flouting environmental laws failure of which he always resorts to going to courts as an interested party of the said social vice. One of the victims narrated that sometimes back, he was developing rental houses near Lake Victoria and had been given all the required documents from the county, Nema, and all relevant authorities to commence his work only for Nyaguti to appear menacing at the site with a group of people he called officials of Magnum Environment Network accompanied by some people who looked like police officers who demanded that I show them documents in regard to what I was doing. Most developers ranging from real estate to hospitable industries are saying that they are really undergoing rough times in the hands of the said Nyaguti who on most occasions is accompanied by some rogue police officers who intimidate and threaten their respective targets with arrests. The said Nyaguti had sometimes back attempted to extort Sh5 million each from former governors Evans Kidero and Jack Ranguma, together with a senior leading civil servant under the guise that they had bought land which should have been part of Lake Victoria.
When the trio was adamant that they would not give him any money, he sued them saying they had encroached on wetlands. The same Nyaguti also sued the Kisumu county government and Nyanza Golf Club which he accused of reclaiming the wetland at the mouth of River Kisat without convening a public participatory forum, as part extortion antics but his bid has fallen on deaf ears. He had also sued Kenya Ports Authority, Kisumu after the parastatal had ordered beach management units out of its land after collecting thousands of shillings from the said victims. Recently together with other activists, they stormed Western offices of Kenya Wildlife Service demanding that they investigate a ring of cartels believed to be working in cahoots with officers to defraud victims of wildlife attacks of their compensation. After his request was rejected, he called a meeting in Kisumu with some of the victims who had not been paid and tried to convince them to give him the power of attorney so that he could press them for their payment. Efforts to get Nyaguti’s comments were fruitless while a senior KWS officer said that they have a clear policy on how KWS compensates. “KWS has no agreement with anyone to peruse payments,” he said.