Deputy President William Ruto seem to have made a u-turn on his view of the peace deal President Uhuru Kenyatta made with his political nemesis Raila Odinga.
This comes after details of the peace deal continue to emerge,some indicating that Mr Odinga is poised to handed a fully-furnished office in Nairobi, with staff and advisers to boost his local presence and unity programmes as part of his truce with President Kenyatta.
In an earlier report,The Star newspaper had also established that Mr Odinga is set to be named as African Union Special Envoy with Mr Kenyatta lobbying for his appointment, effectively elevating him to a continental statesman.
Quite predictably though, the country’s second in command has warned,albeit indirectly, about creating special positions in government for the former premier.
Few days after Raila’s visist to retired president Daniel Moi, and with the presence of Tiaty MP William Kamket, the DP also seems to have read a riot act against any attempts to short change him.
While Kamket insists that Raila could back Gideon Moi in 2022 polls, his controversial bill of creating a Prime Minister post and the mystery surrounding Kabarnet visit could have sent shivers within DP Ruto’s camp.
“My bosses must understand that we are not interested in creation of posts for some individuals. It is people who will make their choices.
“Nobody can impose constitutional amendments on us that we have a Prime Minister elected by MPs. That is unacceptable and we shall fight back,” he said in Eldoret on Sunday, a message indirectly linking Uhuru with boardroom deals with Raila.
Even though Uhuru has remained mum on his deal with Raila, the former PM has been holding high delegation meeting followed by handshakes that communicates a lot.
Interestingly, Ruto was not invited in the handshake meeting, something that may have infuriated him.
While the Baringo senator Gideon Moi denies any links with Uhuru, pundits believe that the president could be indirectly supporting him over Ruto.
“Nothing happens by coincidence. These handshakes have something negative to Ruto and he may have noticed. Uhuru could be backing them,” says Prof. Nyachieo Bogonko.
In the event of constitutional amendments, Kenya is set to have a parliamentary system, a move that Ruto is ready to oppose.
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