2020 was a tough year that nearly sunk Deputy President William Ruto’s dreams after his close confidants were caught up in shameful scandals that saw his political rivals drag his name through the mad.
The second in command started the year on a bad note after a fake arms scandal to the tune of 40 Billion shillings was crafted and executed at his Harambee House Annex.
The key suspect at the heart of the scandal was none other than his right-hand man and former Sports CS Rashid Echesa who was captured on CCTV hosting and meeting the victims of the scandal.
Matters moved from bad to worse after it emerged that the CS had reportedly met the victims in Poland to discuss details of the deal where the Charge d’Affairs is none other than June Ruto.
Ruto’s political rivals made fodder of this, maintaining that such a high-profile visit and the scandal that resulted could not have been executed without the knowledge of June Ruto. That her father’s (DP Ruto’s) office was accessed and used by Echesa in the deal did not make things any better.
As investigative agencies moved in, the key witness in the scandal, Kipyegon Kenei who was the head of security at DP Ruto’s office was murdered in cold blood, taking the secrets with him to his grave.
Shortly afterward, Ruto’s brigade began making headlines for the wrong reasons after John Waluke was sentenced to 67 years in prison after he was found guilty of fraud.
Unable to raise the fine, the lawmaker was thrown behind bars as the legal team sought a way out and eventually appealed the decision with the lawmaker released on bail.
Governors allied to the Tanga Tanga outfit and loyal to the DP would be next to make the headlines for the wrong reasons.
On the chopping board was Kiambu’s Ferdinand Waititu who was impeached for among other reasons, misappropriation of funds.
Flamboyant Mike Sonko would face the same fate even after a spirited defense from Tanga Tanga senators including Kipchumba Murkomen.
Ruto himself had a fair share of accusations labeled against him with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua making a formal complaint that Ruto threatened him and squeezed his hand at State House.