Mark Too’s funeral; what Ruto said in Kalenjin that caused the fallout with Uhuru.

Ever since the handshake, and the subsequent Cold War that followed between Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, many have tried to speculate about what might have caused the bad blood between a president and his deputy who seemed very close, and at some point, even wore marching attires and held hands.

The President himself came out last month to state categorically, revealing for the first time ever, at Bomas, the reason for the fallout. According to him, everything was okay between himself and his deputy until the latter became obsessed with 2022. Others have suggested that perhaps it was the DP’s runaway corruption, which was tainting the Jubilee government in bad light, that caused everything. Others believe it was, plain and simple, the usual old treachery in politics. 

However, Kenyan Report can now authoritatively confirm what led to the divide being witnessed in Jubilee today. It all began on the Monday of January 9th, 2017, during the funeral of former Kanu power broker, Mark Too. 

Among those in attendance was Raila Odinga’s brother, Oburu Odinga, representing the Odinga family, and so from the outset, fireworks were expected. However, how and where the drama all began was totally unforeseen.

It was the calm and usually courteous Gideon Moi who cast the first stone. Speaking in his native Kalenjin, he began by shrugging off accusations which had been building up weeks earlier, that he was dividing Kalenjins. He then went all out, tearing into the DP, by saying the word Hustler meant something awful in the dictionary. He capped his loaded address by saying that the President was free to campaign in the Rift Valley, and didn’t need anyone to do so. 

When it came to Ruto’s turn to speak, he replied in kind.

However, it was the tone he took that shocked most. Also speaking in Kalenjin, he seemed to suggest that he owned the government, and that his boss, who was seated just meters away, was a spectator in his own government. He even went as far as to say, he was the one to be consulted in case of anything, and that people should ignore the president.

 “…and for those ones who now want to tell us how to run government, where were you when I was forming this government? …didn’t I deliver Kalenjin votes to the president in 2013? …if you have any problem disturbing you, leave the president alone. Come to me! I’ll tell you what you need to know.”            

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Written by Joshua Wanga


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