Deputy President William Ruto is still seething with rage. His sustained angst following ‘his loss’ in the Kibra by-election on November 7, where he heavily invested, was partly as a result of him being duped by his team.
He was let down by people he had tasked with mobilizations. An expose has unmasked blatant lies by his allies, said to have stage-managed Jubilee candidate MaCdonald Mariga’s popularity by ferrying crowds from outside the constituency, contributed the humiliating defeat.
A Jubilee insider revealed that the DP hosted over 27 delegations of various groups and communities at his Karen residence which had been turned into a command center for the poll.
Politicians tasked to mobilize supporters for the Karen meetings are said to duped the DP by ferrying people from outside Kibra, mainly Lang’ata and Dagoretti South.
A delegate from the Abagusii community who attended one of the meetings said they not only enjoyed sumptuous food ordered from a city hotel but received cash.
“The DP’s home was a hotel where people enjoyed good food and each delegate received at least Sh5,000.”
According to the delegate, mobilizers earned Sh10, 000 each while heads of delegation, mostly senior politicians received Sh100,000.
Lang’ata is represented by Nixon Korir who was the party chief campaigner in the contest.
Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie denied claims that he and Korir ferried outsiders the meetings and huge rallies addressed by the DP.
The DP hosted a delegation from the Nubi, Kisii, Kikuyu, Luhya, Kamba and Somali communities among other interested groups including women and youth who promised him votes.
MP Kiarie who was a key campaigner for the Jubilee candidate acknowledged that their campaign was “readily resourced” but insisted that their opponents also spent a fortune in the contest.
In his strategy, Ruto is said to have banked on Kikuyu vote and Luyhas who constitute a significant chunk of voters in the constituency.
Kiarie, his Kikuyu counterpart Kimani Ichung’wa and Starehe’s Charles Njagua were dispatched to Woodley Ward which dominated by Kikuyu to rally them behind Ruto’s candidate.
To the DP’s disappointment, majority of voters in the ward voted for Imran.
The DP was reportedly unhappy with the Ichung’wa group for failing to deliver despite his facilitation.
Ruto is equally said to be annoyed with nominated MP Maina Kamanda and former Dagoretti legislator Denis Waweru for scuttling his efforts to woo the Kikuyu vote.
Kamau Mweha an ODM operative who had also been tasked to pitch tent at Woodley and seduce the Kikuyu vote said most of the people Ruto addressed in Lindi and DC grounds were outsiders.
“Ruto spent a lot of money in the campaign but his people cheated him by ferrying multitudes from Dagoretti South and Lang’ata giving an impression that his candidate had a lot of backing,” Mweha said.
“Had Ruto won, both Uhuru and Raila and their BBI initiative which he has been fighting would have been buried immediately the results were announced,” Mweha said.
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