Waiguru Retaliates After Ruto's Attack on Matiang'i

  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru at a past event. The Standard
  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, waded into the cold war between Deputy President William Ruto and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, asking Ruto to put an end to attacks on the CS.

    On Tuesday morning, December 3, Waiguru jumped to Matiang'is defence during an interview on Kameme TV.

    Ruto, on Sunday, December 1, warned Jubilee leaders against ridiculing Kenyans while purporting to be speaking for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at Kagio Market, Kirinyaga on Friday, November 29, 2019. On Tuesday, On Tuesday, November 3, she defended Matiang'i against Ruto
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at Kagio Market, Kirinyaga on Friday, November 29, 2019. 

    "The big offices that you have were given to you by the Kenyan citizens. Do not tell the Kenyan citizens that you have been sent by the president and talk to them in contempt," the DP warned. 

    Waiguru, who had hosted Matiang'i at a fundraiser in Kirinyaga on Friday, November 29, asked the DP to emulate his own sentiments and ask his allies from insulting other leaders.

    "The same way Ruto warned Matiang'i about speaking for Uhuru, he should also warn his people against insulting others.

    "Those insulted will be forced to retaliate. All leaders have been elected to serve by the people of Kenya. The same pinch you feel when insulted is the same pinch someone feels when you insult them," Waiguru hit back in the Tuesday interview.

    On Friday, November 29, while speaking at a fundraiser in Kirinyaga county, Matiang'i stated that he only took orders from President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

    "I want to inform politicians who claim that Kibicho is out to frustrate them that the two of us are public servants and we work for everyone. That's our mandate as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta," Matiang'i stated while defending his PS Karanja Kibicho from attacks by Ruto allies.

    On Monday, December 2, former Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale reiterated the DP's stance, 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.

    Deputy President William Ruto at a Fundraiser in Kajiado East on Sunday, December 1. He warned Matiang'i for speaking on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta
    Deputy President William Ruto (left) at a Fundraiser in Kajiado East on Sunday, December 1.