Billionaire turned politician, and former Secretary General of Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop, popularly known as Buzeki, has now come out to publicly share a blow-by-blow account of the events that unfolded, and led up to the fallout between him and the DP, who he now admits was once a close friend, but denies ever being on the same wing with him politically.
The heart to heart from Buzeki was during an interview with Kiswahili anchor Daniel Kituu, on K24 Wikendi, over the weekend.
Buzeki said that he first decided to venture into politics with an aim of clinching the Uasin Gishu governor’s post because he felt he could effect real change in the area. He decided to vie on a Jubilee ticket. However, he lost this through an exercise he believes, was fraught with irregularities.
He didn’t give up after loosing the Jubilee primaries but instead, registered as an independent candidate, deciding to square it off with Mandago once again, in the general elections. Again, this wasn’t successful, but it was what happened some period before people went to the polls that caused a rift between him and Ruto, a rift that would eventually end their friendship.
Buzeki says as the election drew closer and closer, the DP held a huge rally in Uasin Gishu, where he spoke and discouraged the residents from voting for Buzeki.
Buzeki says that the DP told the crowd he had tried to implore him not to run but instead step down and support Mandago, a request which, according to the deputy president, Buzeki turned down.
Buzeki did not make it clear whether this revelation by the DP was indeed true, or not.
What Buzeki, nevertheless, emphasised on, is that this speech greatly damaged his chances of victory since the DP is someone who enjoys massive support in the Rift Valley. He said this was undemocratic, and that the DP should have concentrated on campaigning for his candidate, and let everyone run on his own instead of singling him out for demonising.
Buzeki wondered how the DP could be running around the country decrying the lack of democratic space, yet he himself was propagating the same in his backyard.