Junet plays audio clip of Ruto allegedly confessing how he almost slapped Uhuru
Suna East MP Junet Mohamed on Sunday, July 3, 2022, claimed that the relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto started deteriorating long before the Head of State struck a truce with ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking at an Azimio One Kenya coalition rally in Homa Bay County, the legislator played an audio clip of the second-in-command allegedly confessing how he almost slapped his boss in 2017.
In the 90-second audio, Ruto is heard saying that he pushed Uhuru to participate in the repeat presidential poll after losing a petition at the Supreme Court in 2017.
The Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential flag bearer was reportedly addressing elders from the Kikuyu community who paid him a visit on Friday, July 1, 2022, at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi.
The DP said he was involved in a heated argument that nearly degenerated into a physical confrontation with the president in State House on September 1, 2017.
Apparently, this was after Uhuru suggested that he was not keen on taking part in the repeat poll ordered by the seven-judge bench led by retired Chief Justice David Maraga.
Ruto said it took a lot of prodding to have the president participate in the polls against Raila, who had challenged Jubilee's victory citing election irregularities.
“So, ndiyo huyo… Oh, sasa, hii maneno, sijui nini, mimi sitaki, mimi nataki kuenda Ichaweri, sasa mimi sitaki, wacha tuachane na hii kitu.” (Here is the President and he says he is not keen on participating in the repeat presidential election and that he wants to go to Ichaweri (his home village in Kiambu County), that we should abandon this thing," Ruto is heard saying.
“Mimi nikamwangalia, nikamwambia ‘wewe’! Ni vile tu nilikua na heshima, ningemchapa kofi. Ati sisi tuache?” (I looked at him and told him ‘you!’ It’s only that I was being respectful, I would have slapped him. How could we just quit?)
Junet: Ruto was behind a secret plot to impeach Uhuru
Junet went on to say that Ruto plotted to have the president impeached after winning the repeat poll.
The MP claimed that the political truce between Uhuru and Raila saved the Head of State from being kicked out of State House.
"Yeye (Ruto) mwenyewe amesema leo kwamba yeye alikuwa na shida na mkubwa wake rais Uhuru Kenyatta kwanzia mwaka wa 2016 (Ruto has admitted today that he had issues with his boss Uhuru Kenyatta from 2016)," Junet said.
"Na sisi tulisema 2017 baada ya uchaguzi agenda ya kwanza ya bunge ilikua ku-impeach Uhuru Kenyatta…Ruto alikua amesema tutoe Uhuru kwa mamlaka kwa sababu si mtu mzuri. Ndio maana Uhuru akatufata Raila wakafanya handshake. Ruto ndio alikua anasumbua Uhuru," the legislator added.
Loosely translated, "We said in 2017 immediately after the general election that the first agenda in parliament was to impeach Uhuru Kenyatta. Ruto had asked us to impeach Uhuru, saying he is not a good person. This is the reason Uhuru looked for Raila to have a handshake. Ruto was the one causing problems in government."
The lawmaker further dismissed Ruto's claims that the handshake was why the DP fell out with the president.
"Shida ya Ruto na Uhuru ilianza zamani kwa sababu Ruto ndio alikua anasumbua Uhuru (The issues between Ruto and Uhuru started long before the handshake because Ruto was the problem)," he added.
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Ruto has severally accused the Azimio One Kenya coalition's presidential candidate of the failures of the Jubilee administration.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader claims that the handshake derailed Jubilee's Big 4 Agenda, hence the high cost of living the country is currently battling.