”The skin is Esau’s but the voice is Jacob’s”, so goes the old saying, and it rings more true in the United Democratic Alliance party. Despite yesterday’s declaration by president William Ruto while in Bomet that there’s absolutely no problem between him and his deputy, the events unfolding publicly seem to point otherwise.
Yesterday, in a telling Twitter post by the Deputy President, the second-in-command came out to clarify that it was the president who had come to the rescue Mukami Kimathi after her plight concerning her health situation was made public. Rigathi’s tweet read,
This afternoon, I visited Mukami Kimathi, the wife of the late freedom fighter Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, at Nairobi Hospital. H.E President @WilliamsRuto has cleared the Hospital Bill; Thank you, President William Ruto, for coming through for Mukami Kimathi and her family. You are a true and genuine friend of our people. Be blessed abundantly. Always.
Earlier, several publications had implied that it was the Deputy President who was behind Mukami’s aid. Citizen Digital had reported (under the heading that Rigathi had come to Mukami’s aid) that;
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has vowed to come to the aid of the ailing Mukami Kimathi, wife to celebrated Kenyan freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi.
The country’s second-in-command took to social media on Sunday morning noting that it was only recently brought to his attention that Ms. Kimathi, 101, was admitted to a Nairobi hospital for medical attention.
“I am saddened that Mukami, the wife of our hero, Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi Wachiuri, has been ill and admitted at a Hospital in Nairobi,” he wrote on Twitter.
DP Gachagua therefore directed Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru to urgently assess the situation as he plans to later visit Ms. Kimathi upon his return to Nairobi from his Nyanza region tour.
“In this regard, I have tasked Embakasi Central MP Hon. Benjamin Gathiru a.k.a Major Donk to look into her situation urgently,” he noted.
“On my return to Nairobi later today, I will make time to visit our mother to check on her progress and assess possible interventions to make her life more comfortable.”
DP Gachagua wished Ms. Kimathi a quick recovery and God’s blessings as she receives treatment.
Ms. Kimathi was reportedly admitted to a city hospital on January 5, 2023, with pneumonia symptoms and thereafter discharged on January 12.
She was however reportedly not allowed to leave the facility as the family was unable to offset the hospital bill which had accumulated to Ksh.1,045,883.
Ms. Kimathi’s daughter, Miriam, said they were hence appealing to Kenyans for donations after alleged attempts to reach out to President William Ruto and his deputy Gachagua bore no fruit.
“No assistance was provided. Instead, we were directed to our local Member of Parliament [Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru], who continued to take us in rounds,” Miriam is quoted as saying by The Standard.
“We are calling out on Kenyans of goodwill to come to our aid. We are helpless as we cannot afford the medical bill.”
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