How Fear of Losing Crucial Kisii Vote Made Ruto Convey Night Meeting over ‘Matiang’i Impeachment’

    It would now seen that Deputy President William Ruto did not sanction plot to out powerful Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and it was a move by his over excited lieutenants.

    It has emerged that Ruto called an impromptu night meeting with his allies and instructed- nay- ordered that plans to impeach Interior CS should hitherto halt.

    The DP, who is said to be at odds with Matiang’i, warned that the plan would undermine his 2022 presidential prospects.

    Matiang’i has been elevated as the ‘first among ministers’, a move seen to be an attempt to cut Ruto down to size.

    A key Ruto ally who is aware of the DP’s instructions told a local daily that the “boss” was categorical that the plot would destroy his chances of winning the crucial Kisii vote.

    “As much as we have the numbers to impeach the CS, the boss (DP) was clear that we keep off the matter. We were ready to move on with this but he told us he is building friendships with the leadership of that region and he wouldn’t want us to antagonize the journey,” an MP from Rift Valley said.

    Some MPs were said to use the presence of security officers at a gold-holding house in Kileleshwa as the basis of a charge of gross misconduct against Matiang’i.

    Meanwhile, the alleged impeachment plot has triggered a ping-pong game among the political class, with each side appearing to be using the idea for political capital.

    Interviews with MPs from across the political divide exposed the raging games amid claims they are fronting the Matiang’i removal debate as well as the gold scandal issue to divert public attention from what some call the flagging war against corruption.

    Some Jubilee lawmakers and those allied to Opposition leader Raila Odinga — whose name has been dragged into the gold scandal — claimed Ruto is behind the  Matiang’i removal plan to deflate the anti-graft campaign.

    They argued that the DP, whom critics call the architect of graft in Kenya, has been cornered in the crackdown and has devised a scheme to divert attention through an orchestrated plan to purge Matiang’i from government.

    Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama (Jubilee) claimed Ruto is behind the Matiang’i impeachment plan to slow the fight against corruption.

    “It is the DP who is behind the people pushing to impeach Matiang’i just because he is the one leading the war on corruption. We can’t allow the best performing minister to be sacrificed on the altar of corruption,” Arama told a press conference yesterday

    Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi said Harambee House Annex is the heart of the impeachment plan but urged Matiang’i to stay put.

    “We know who is behind all this. We are aware the likes of Ichung’wa (Kikuyu MP) have been instructed to start the removal plan with clear instructions from Ruto,” he said.

    The Deputy President’s lieutenants, however, said reports on the ‘plans’ to kick out Matiang’i from the Cabinet were a ploy by the opposition leaders to shield those involved in the gold scandal from action by Matiang’i.

    They said the Raila-led opposition had crafted a strategy to put the country off balance with the gold scandal revelations in which Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula dropped Raila’s name in a leaked audio.

    Kikuyu MP Ichung’wa who has been mentioned as being among the architects of the impeachment plot told those fanning the debate to desist.

    “I have no time for idlers. I am busy with the budget. Those are just claims by busybodies,” the MP laughed off the claims.

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