Ruto Scolded at Uhuru Meeting

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at State House, Nairobi
  • Deputy President William Ruto's relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cabinet deteriorated further, with reports alleging that he was scolded at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, October 8. 

    The meeting chaired by Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi discussed various issues with the key point being the rising political tensions

    Cabinet Secretaries reportedly dared Ruto to quit from his position as Deputy President and accused him of sabotaging the government and leading attacks on Interior CS Fred Matiang'i. 

    Speaking with the Daily Nation, sources privy to the meeting detailed that the meeting was tense, with the Head of State reportedly allowing his CSs to take on Ruto. 

    A Cabinet meeting held by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi on Thursday, October 8, 2020

    The DP's hustler system was pointed out to be a channel of spearheading divisive campaigns. 

    CSs lamented that Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho were often the punching bags of Ruto and his allies who were out to frustrate the government. 

    The DP allegedly defended himself against all accusations arguing that he was out to empower the youth. He refuted that he was campaigning early and laying a strategy to succeed Kenyatta.

    "Who are Cabinet Secretaries challenging? To do what? Hii itumiwe kufunga matumbo. (This newspaper should be used to wrap meat in butcheries)," Ruto added while reacting to the report on his social media pages. 

    Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju (a CS without portfolio) also attended the meeting. Ruto and Tuju have differed severally over how Jubilee party should be run. Ruto attempted to overturn Tuju's directive to field a candidate in the Msambweni, Kwale by-election.

    Tuju and pro-Uhuru Jubilee members hit back by proposing the DP to be ejected as Jubilee's Deputy Party Leader. 

    The aftermath of the Cabinet meeting saw Ruto cancel meetings scheduled to take place in Nyamira County on Thursday, October 8, after police dispersed his followers. A security task force team to curb the rising political tension was also unveiled. 

    The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) was established under CS Matiang'i's wing and saw the National Intelligence Service (NIS) spies included in it to source for information and advise the government on political developments. 

    Police officers disperse DP Ruto's supporters at an event in Nyamira County on Thursday, October 8, 2020