The bad blood between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Principal Secretary William Ruto started way back during the 2017 campaigns- Kenyan Report has learned.
Botched Jubilee Party primaries ahead of 2017 elections, theft of campaign funds ignited the rift that has been widened by underhand dealings and premature 2022 presidential campaigns.
Sources have intimated that Uhuru was irked by his deputy after billions of shillings donated for the presidential campaigns in 2017 by China, Sudan and Uganda, among other friendly countries, went missing.
Consequently, Uhuru was forced to raid the Kenyatta family coffers to finance the campaign after millions of shillings from state bodies such as Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Power and friends of Jubilee vanished into thin air.
The Kenyatta family are said to be very bitter with Ruto whom they blame for the financial mess at the Jubilee party. The DP was personally in charge of the campaign secretariat and saw the party’s chaotic primaries which were canceled and a repeat ordered.
Former Jubilee party vice chairman David Murathe spoke the President’s mind when he claimed Ruto manipulated the nomination process so as to plant his allies in Mt Kenya region as well as his Rift Valley backyard.
The move is said to have even backfired in his own Turbo constituency Uasin Gishu where his favored Jubilee candidate Kevin Okwara was defeated by an independent Janet Sitienei. Also in Ainaboi, William Chepkut won as an independent. Ruto wanted a one Samuel Chepkonga on Jubilee to be area MP.
Thika Town which is in the president’s own Kiambu county, Ruto was against Patrick Wainaina on Jubilee ticket preferring Alice Ng’ang’a. Wainaina run as an independent and won.
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