Tension in the ruling Jubilee party continues as the late former Kenya’s President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s funeral plans has exposed the Deputy President William Ruto badly as an outsider in his own government.
The Deputy President as the second in command was expected to be the man in charge of the retired President Moi’s state funeral plans since President Uhuru Kenyatta alongside the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga are outside the country, but unfortunately, things have taken a different cause as the DP is out of the picture in Moi’s funeral plan.
Unfolding events hours after the former head of state Moi’s death shows that the Deputy President was pushed to the wall as powerful Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi, a man believed to have the President’s ear, takes over the late Moi’s funeral plan.
A source close to President Kenyatta revealed that Uhuru personally asked the no nonsense CS Matiang’i to take charge of Moi’s state burial plans immediately after he was informed of Moi’s death.
“The President issued very clear instructions on how to proceed,” a source who is also believed to be a Cabinet Secretary disclosed.
Sources close to the President also disclosed that once the president issued his instructions, Matiang’i, Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) chief Samson Mwathate and other senior government officials trooped to the Nairobi Hospital and they informed Moi’s family that the government was taking over all the burial plans.
“Once we were done with moving the body to Lee Funeral Home and the military deployed, we then went to the State House for a planning meeting. While at State House we learnt that the DP was going to address the media,” a senior State House official said.
The DP addressed the press conference all alone without any government official then proceeded to Lee Funeral Home without any senior government official by his side as the rest had already rushed to the hospital with Matjang’i.
DP Ruto proceeded to Kabarak Gardens to offer condolences to Moi’s family after visiting Kakamega Primary School hours after Matiangi, accompanied by Mwathethe and police boss Hillary Mutyambai and his team had briefed the family and left Moi’s home.