Even as Kanu stalwarts in the Rift Valley dig on Deputy President William Ruto, whom they now want to take ‘personal responsibility’ for claiming to be privy to the prayer requests they make to God, KANU party leader Gideon Moi is on a trip to Tanzania where he has met President Jakaya Kikwete among other CCM bigshots.
DP Ruto, increasingly bitter and isolated, find himself in the awkward situation of having to hung out with characters like Kipchumba Murkomen who shot to fame by talking ‘new constitution’ in TV stations in the run-up to the 2010 referendum.
Murkomen, a former law lecturer at the troubled Moi University School of Law, and Prof Kithure Kindiki, who recent peeing in public caused social uproar, are DP Ruto’s greatest buddies. Problem with both Murkomen and Kindiki is that they no longer make sense to a big number of people.
With most of his chosen cabinet secretaries fired by President Uhuru over corruption, and the president’s handlers increasingly hunting for new political allies in an equation which seem to have Ruto out, the DP’s public utterances in funerals have degenerated into something closer to hubris, if not outright fearmongering.
Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto; while dismissing Ruto’s claims that he is among the Rift Valley leaders supplicating to God to have him locked at the Hague, wondered how the Deputy President could have been privy to such protected religious communication.
“How can he purport to know what one is praying, how can he be privy to our prayers, how can he know what I pray. It is my communication with God. He should not sink that low as to introduce issues of prayers into straight forward matters,” wondered Governor Rutto.
The visit to Tanzania will again raise blood pressure of the increasingly paranoid Samoei.