A revered Member of the current 12-parliant has broken his silence revealing the origin of the fall out between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy Dr. William Ruto.
While speaking to Citizen Television on JKL show, National assembly minority leader John Mbadi noted that the second in command had once said that he was the one running the government.
According to the ODM chairman, the reckless statement faded President Uhuru’s trust with his deputy adding that the handshake found an already frosty relationship between the two.
”There can’t be co-presidents, the president is only one and I think that was the origin of the problem between the president and his deputy.
“It is not the handshake that ruined the relationship between the president and his deputy, the handshake found an already weak relationship. And if you ask me, I think the president just decided to survive with his deputy in the first term. Thereafter, we understand that there was an issue when the deputy president decided to go around bragging that he was the one running the government and maybe the president was not happy with that,” Mr. Mbadi opined.
His Garisa township counterpart Aden Duale who was in the panel alongside Mbadi went on to defend the DP, thereby accusing the Raila Odinga right hand man of speaking for the Jubilee party.
“It is very interesting that a member and the leader of minority has the audacity to lecture Jubilee and its leadership on how we should run, how the president should behave with his deputy, how we were in the first term… Let me reiterate that I was one of the people within Jubilee who embraced the handshake. The DP and many others in Jubilee were skeptical and now they have been vindicated because the end result has been the process of the handshake ending up in Mombasa with a group of tribal leaders on how to organize them in order to seize power in the next General Election,” the Garissa Township MP stated.
The former majority leader added that the handshake humiliated the DP, his office and all those who associated with him, giving his own example of the ouster from the majority leadership position.
This comes just months as the Jubilee party Deputy chairman David Murathe had in April revealed that the DP had slandered his boss while speaking in his native Kalenjin language at Mark Too’s funeral.
“There is a day Ruto spoke in his native language and told his supporters to vote for Uhuru because as he drinks, I will be running the government.
“It was during the funeral of the late Mark Too. The government always has a way of knowing some of these things. I suspect that was one of the reasons Uhuru decided to sideline Ruto was this statement,” Murathe claimed.