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How plot to make Uhuru unpopular in Mt Kenya was hatched and executed

How plot to make Uhuru unpopular in Mt Kenya was hatched and executed
By John Kamau, Editor, (
During the burial of Kenya's third president Mwai Kibaki on Saturday, April 30th, Deputy President William Ruto was loudly applauded by a section of mourners who had been ferried to the funeral by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.
If the script had gone the way Gachagua wanted, President Uhuru Kenyatta would have been booed by the 'hired' mourners while delivering his condolences.
On Friday night, Gachagua had gone round Nyeri county dishing out Sh1000 to boda boda riders to boo Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, during the burial.
But the boda boda riders took the money but come Saturday they were no show in the burial, hence scuttling Gachagua's plan to humiliate Uhuru and Raila.   
The scheme was part of a larger one hatched in 2018 by Ruto and his allies to humiliate Uhuru in his Mt Kenya backyard. 
Indeed, many residents of Mount Kenya are eager to know the reasons President Uhuru Kenyatta fell out with Ruto.
But today, 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 enticed him to join the group. (name of the journalist withheld).  
He says: 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 Kuria further on the topic. I complied and showed up for the meeting at Karen at exactly 7:00am. 
In the meeting which was convened by Moses Kuria, 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 Moses Kuria umebrief hawa vijana kuhusu project yetu?" He asked. 
Moses Kuria 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 Kuria.
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 Kuria 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 Kuria kazi kwako."
We were left with Moses Kuria and I spoke first: "Am I the only one in the darkness here Moses Kuria? 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.
Moses Kuria said 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 Ruto.
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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