Deputy President, William Ruto has revealed that he helped Fred Matiang’i to become Cabinet Secretary after he and President Uhuru Kenyatta clinched the presidency in 2013.
Speaking during a meeting with his allies from Nakuru County at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi County on Thursday, September 2, 2021, Ruto stated that he was instrumental in the vetting of Matiang’i in 2013.
The Deputy President said that together with the President in 2013, they interviewed Matiang’i before appointing him into their cabinet.
“In 2013, the President and I interviewed Matiang’i for the Cabinet post. We saw him as a good fit and gave him a job,” Ruto said.
He, however, accused Matiang’i of becoming arrogant but expressed willingness to work with him on condition that he goes back to his old self.
“The problem is that after we employed him, he has now grown to be very arrogant and full of himself. But if he stops that, we can work together and progress as Kenyans.” DP Ruto stated.
Ruto also told the leaders who attended his meeting at his residence that the Interior Cabinet Secretary has created rifts and caused friction amongst leaders in the ruling party.
The DP accused the Interior CS of antagonising his relationship with the President, saying that the two leaders have always been working in harmony until the March 2018 handshake happened.
Ruto, who remains an active member of the Jubilee Party despite being accused of informally joining the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), went ahead to accuse a section of senior employees of the Office of the President or antagonising the relationship between him and Kenyans by painting a wrong picture of him by carrying out a ‘misleading’ lifestyle audit.
He further talked about the alleged audit on the listed of his assets, revealing other properties that may have been omitted intentionally or unintentionally by the Interior Cabinet Secretary.
“Let them add my Ksh 400 k shares held at a leading Telco, my 200,000 chicken and a few other shares at the national carrier,” Ruto said.
The relationship between the Ruto and his boss President Uhuru continues to worsen by the day, with the Head of State accusing him of abandoning the Government and engaging in early 2022 presidential campaign.