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Why Uhuru fell out with Ruto

By John Kamau, Editor, thingira.org

Many residents of Mount Kenya have been demanding to know the reasons President Uhuru Kenyatta fell out with his deputy William Ruto.

But today, Thingira.org can report that it is the Deputy President who started the war against his boss soon after the March 9, 2018 handshake between the Head of State and opposition chief Raila Odinga.

The handshake is credited with restoring calm in the country as it came days after Raila had taken the controversial oath as people’s president.

Fearing that he was being elbowed out of the high table by Raila, Ruto started undermining the president and even went ahead to recruit mercenaries to do the hatchet job.

His main target was the president’s backyard of Mount Kenya region where he planned a rebellion against the head of state.

The mercenaries hired by Ruto included politicians later christened the Tangatanga grouping, journalists, bloggers, opinion leaders, clergy and youth leaders as well as ordinary citizens.

Among those recruited was a Kikuyu vernacular radio journalist, who, however, refused to take the thirty dirty coins to betray the president.

Below are his recollections of how Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (pictured above) enticed him to join the group. (name of the journalist withheld).  

The day I stopped supporting William Samoei Ruto:

It was on Tuesday 18th of December 2018 when I received a call from Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria inviting me to a meeting in the Deputy President's Karen residence.

I enquired on the subject of the meeting and he told me that it was CLASSIFIED and that I should wait until I get there.

To take you back awhile (kidogo), I was a great supporter of the Deputy President having campaigned for him and the President across the country in 2017.

I did not question Moses further on the topic. I complied and showed up for the meeting at exactly 7:00AM. 

In the meeting which was convened by Moses, there were four other young men and a lady from Central Kenya whom I will not mention here. They are very well known to me.

We interacted casually as we took breakfast until 7:20AM when the DP showed up.

We welcomed him into the room. He went straight to the point. "Habari ya wangwana." We answered the greetings and allowed him to continue.

"Wewe Kuria umebrief hawa vijana kuhusu project yetu?" He asked. Moses answered with a strong YES but the fact is, I was not aware of this "project".

As a well brought up man, I did not tell the DP that I was not aware of the project not to embarrass Moses.

The DP carried on and said: "hatuvuki mwaka kama hatujabadilisha wakikuyu. Nyinyi mtamuona Farouk Kibet na hiyo kazi ianze mara moja."

I got more confused. I remember  asking myself "kwani kunaendaje hapa."

At this point, Moses stood up and assured Ruto that everything was ready.

 He actually said that he had looped in Baba Yao, the former Kiambu Governor Ferdinard Waititu.

I also did not know what that meant.

The DP, who appeared to be in a hurry, stood up, wished us well and said the following words which I vividly remember: "Moses kazi kwako."

We were left with Moses and I went first: "Am I the only one in the darkness here Moses? what is happenning?" I asked.

He responded fast telling me to relax  and that he was going to explain everything to all of us.

To cut the whole story short, Kuria said that our responsibility was to start a narrative that was supposed to make President Uhuru Kenyatta unpopular in Central Kenya.

He said that we were to do it in two ways;

(1) Showing the people (of Central Kenya) that the President has taken more development to other regions at the expense of Mt Kenya.

(2) Insulting him every now and then which was meant to demystify the respect attached to a Kikuyu President by the Agikuyu to show that anyone, and especially the young can insult him and get away with it.

 

Kuria said that my main role was to perform the two roles on radio and TV shows as well as on the ground. The rest were to ignite the conversation on all social media platforms and on the ground.

He also told us that we shall "launch the project" at Thika Stadium in a New Year eve concert where Moses Kuria was to speak.

We all agreed to meet at Blue Post Hotel Thika on 31st Dec 2018 at 2:00PM to fine-tune on a few issues before the "launch". 

Weuh! everything was moving very fast with little time to focus!

Moses Kuria declared the meeting officially closed.

I did not show up at Blue Post Hotel.

My conscience could not allow me.

I had already made up my mind that I was not going to do the job.

I cannot insult the man I campaigned for to be the President.

I cannot disrespect MUTHAMAKI. I am true Kikuyu, not a Gakunia. That is the day I said no to William.

They continued with the agenda anyway and Moses Kuria made his remarks at Thika Stadium. You remember?

I do not support politics of insults and demeaning those in power which William Ruto highly values. It is unacceptable to me.

 


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