Among the top leading politicians in Kenya, embattled Deputy President William Ruto is facing the toughest ride in his ethnic backyard only a year after marshalling a whole community bloc vote and delivering it to President Uhuru Kenyatta, where he personally reaped big by being appointed the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya.
While President Uhuru, CORD firepower Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and even newly minted Western Kenya captain Senator Moses Wetangula can easily stride the length and breadth of their backyards, Ruto was over the weekend forced to address an impromptu rally of less than a hundred people near a water tank when he could not, for fear of being heckled and embarrassed, attend a funeral in MP Alfred Keter’s Nandi County.
Last weekend,Â Ruto lieutenants were evicted from a funeral in Nandi County when a section of URP MPs and other local Ruto surrogates attempted to disparage youthful Nandi Hills MP whose revelations on the Railway Scandal continue to send shock-waves in the Jubilee Alliance.
Here is an eyewitness account of the events which went unreported in Kenya’s mainstream media for the obvious reasons:
United Republican Party MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto were ejected from aÂ funeral in Nandi over the weekend after theyÂ attempted to discredit the Nandi hills mpÂ Alfred Keter in whose constituency the burialÂ was taking place.
Trouble started when the master of ceremoniesÂ Philemon Bureti who is the former warrantÂ officer in and a chaplain in the army openedÂ an onslaught on Keter during the burial ofÂ octogenerian Joseph Kiprop Lelei in TaitoÂ Location.
As soon as he started welcoming the MPs andÂ senators to give their condolences, the crowdÂ started booing the guest as they were
attacking their MP for not collaborating withÂ the Deputy President and antagonising theÂ government.
Hell broke loose when parliamentary leader ofÂ majority Aden Duale claimed that Keter wasÂ not fit to be even a member of county
assembly claiming that he was a thorn in theÂ flesh and that his politics was belowÂ standards.
Nandi senator Stephen Sang was also shoutedÂ down when he claimed that Keter had noÂ documents to prove his case against the
construction of the standard gauge rail whoseÂ costs is running into trillions. He was shoutedÂ down by mourners who told him to his faceÂ that he had no experience in politics as heÂ stood on URP, opposed Kosgey and won on
Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchuma MurkomenÂ had earlier alleged that Keter was unfit to beÂ mp as his attacks undermined the URP andÂ the Jubilee government. There was completeÂ pandemonium and heckling as speeches wereÂ interrupted with jeers from mourners who wereÂ unaware that Keter was coming on foot.
There were ululations when Keter arrived onÂ foot as the mourners burst intoÂ ululationÂ andÂ cheers when they saw him.
It wasÂ whisperedÂ that deputy presidentÂ William Rutto was to attend the burial afterÂ attending the home coming of Vihiga Mp
Yussuf Chanzu but hadÂ secretlyÂ send the URPÂ brigade to test the ground.
Keter arrived while senator Murkomen was inÂ the middle of his attacking speech when heÂ received a standing ovation from mournersÂ thereby interrupting the program. EmbarrassedÂ with the unfolding scenario, the URP brigadeÂ dashed to the waiting chopper as wordÂ reached the mourners that Ruto had decidedÂ to skip the burial after learning that Keter hadÂ decided to attend.
It was later reported that Ruto had insteadÂ landed in Aldai after the home coming ofÂ Chanzu and addressed an impromptu meeting
near a water tank.
These events have been confirmed by multiple sources to be true. Is Ruto losing the Rift?
Renson Shamala contributed to this article