Ruto Claims He Wasn’t Sidelined in Decision to Appoint CS Matiang’i

  • DP William Ruto, while speaking in an interview with the BBC aired on Tuesday, denied allegations that the president sidelined him in his decision to appoint CS Fred Matiang’i to chair the National Development Implementation and Communication Committee.

    Ruto denied that there was any rift in Jubilee maintaining that he made the Cabinet restructuring decision with President Uhuru Kenyatta to enable them deliver the pledges and mandate of their administration.

    The deputy president also mentioned, “The truth is there for all to see. The stories of a rift and factions campaigning for me are newspaper stories. People are trying to sell newspapers with fake news”.

    Cabinet Secretaries in a meeting chaired by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i

    Ruto went ahead to accuse the media of misleading the people about the truth on the situation inside the Jubilee Party.

    While speaking sternly, the DP clarified that the members of the cabinet report to him and the president in accordance with the Constitution.

    Ruto reminded the people that the Constitution remains very clear about his role and responsibilities as the deputy president of the country.

    He stated, “There is no basis of sidelining. My functions as the DP are in the Constitution and I perform all of them. I agreed with Uhuru how we are going to make the government more efficient and deliver on our pledges.”

    Ruto asserted, “The cabinet committee reports to the president and me. Where is the sidelining if this committee reports to us?”

    He further indicated that the decision would help in fast-tracking the development projects in the country.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta with Interior CS Fred Matiang'i