DP Ruto's Allies Face Backlash After Weekend Spat With Matiang'i

  • Dr Fred Matiang'i and President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House File
  • Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang' on Monday, December 2, termed the attack by a section of politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto on Interior CS Fred Matiang'i  as an attack on President Kenyatta.

    He was speaking on Citizen TV’s Day Break alongside panellists; former Bungoma Senator, Boni Khalwale, former IEBC commissioner, Thomas Letangule, and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina.

    “They hammered Raila over BBI and now the report is out and they are looking for another soft target like Fred Matiang'i and Karanja Kibichu. When you point one finger at Fred Matiang'i four fingers are pointing at Uhuru Kenyatta,” Kajwang' argued.

    The panellists pointed out that such public spats did not reflect positively on the Jubilee government that needed to show a united front.

    CS Fred Matiang'i commissioning the Construction of a Police Station on November 29, 2019.
    CS Fred Matiang'i commissioning the Construction of a Police Station on November 29, 2019.

    Senator Kajwang' then went on to dare the leaders to face the president directly instead of attacking his proxies.

    “Let them take off the gloves and take on President Uhuru Kenyatta if they believe they have the numbers."

    His sentiments were echoed by Senator Ledama who castigated both the deputy president and the CS Matiang'i for not working together although they belonged to the same government.

    “The position the Cabinet Secretary holds is very powerful, it is the only position that can be said to be political. So whatever you see all these politicians from North Rift doing, they planned to attack him [Matiang’i]. We only unite when we win marathons, but we don't unite when we have different views," he pointed out.

    However, Khalwale took the DP's side accusing Matiang’i of overstepping. He argued that the Interior CS was appointed by both the president and his deputy and therefore he needed to respect them both.

    “He was created by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. If the two had failed to win the general elections, he would never have been appointed,” the former senator pointed out.

    The run-ins between Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and the Deputy President William Ruto escalated over the weekend when politicians allied to the deputy president took issue with his Friday comments that he only took instructions from one leader, the president.

    Deputy President William Ruto at a Fundraiser in Kajiado East on Sunday, December 1
    Deputy President William Ruto at a Fundraiser in Kajiado East on Sunday, December 1.

    This infuriated a number of politicians from Rift Valley and elicited angry reactions.

    “We shall not be intimidated. We shall serve the people under the president and his deputy because they were elected as one and we demand that public servants do the same,” responded Soy MP Caleb Kositany.

    “We can’t allow technocrats who have never been elected by anyone to give us lectures,” Elgeiyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen remarked.