Ruto's Allies Locked Out of Uhuru's Function

  • Kirinyaga Woman Representative, Wangui Ngirici, alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta and African Union envoy, Raila Odinga, had hatched a plot to lockout Deputy President William Ruto's allies from an event at the Bomas of Kenya.

    On Tuesday, November 26, Nation were first to report that Ngirici claimed that Kenyatta had played divide and rule among Ruto's confidants, locking out some and inviting others to the event, believed to be the launch of the BBI report, on Wednesday, November 27. The DP himself will attend the event. 

    Kenyatta will be presented with the report by on Tuesday, November 25 at State House, ahead of the Bomas meeting.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) talks with Opposition leader Raila Odinga during the closing session of the AfroChampions Boma forum at Windsor Hotel on April 17, 2019. The two are expected to launch BBI at Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    "There is no equity in the invitation of leaders. Those allied to DP Ruto have been invited to the event alone while others have been allowed to attend the event with five supporters. We shall have a final say after scrutinising it (BBI report) based on merit," Ngirici proclaimed.

    Her close ally and an Inua Mama Strategist, Daphine Njeri, further informed Kenyans.co.ke that Ngirici had not yet confirmed whether or not she would attend the function. 

    Kericho Senator, Aaron Cheruiyot, on Monday, November 25, took to social media to claim that Ruto's allies had been excluded from the event. 

    "I want to take my president for his word and believe that indeed BBI is about a new Kenya for all of us, but the actions of his office contradict him. Take, for example, only Kieleweke MPs have been asked to do a list of supporters to go receive BBI report, the rest wajipange.

    "On BBI, please help me understand how it is wisdom to support a report whose contents are unknown but foolishness to oppose the same. Witchcraft is real for sure,"  Cheruiyot tweeted.

    Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei stated that he would skip the event, despite being invited to attend it.

    “I can’t attend such a kangaroo meeting, we know the process that must be followed to amend the constitution," he affirmed.

    However, political analyst Herman Manyora blasted Ruto's allies over their constant lamentations.

    "I spoke with Alice Wahome (Kandara MP) and she informed me that she was invited and would be attending. She is the most powerful woman in Ruto's camp. Kenyatta invited a category of people and not all individuals. Anyway, every Kenyan is anxiously waiting for BBI release. We want to find out its contents," Manyora stated while speaking with Kenyans.co.ke on phone. 

    The BBI committee chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji announced on Friday, November 22, that it was ready to hand over various recommendations it had been tasked with compiling, after the handshake between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The committee was officially gazetted on May 31, 2018, after which it was supposed to table a report after one year of service.

    In anticipation of the document, Uhuru urged Kenyans to carefully read through the proposals in the document before deciding whether or not to support it. 

    BBI committee chairperson Yusuf Haji (centre) and other members of the committee addressing the media on November 22.