The bishops who spoke to The Weekly Vision Online have accused Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe, secretary-general Raphael Tuju, and nominated MP Maina Kamanda of placing “hardliner conditions” against reconciliation efforts
Chest thumping hardliners within the divided Jubilee ruling party have been blamed by Catholic bishops for blocking efforts to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto.
The bishops who spoke to The Weekly Vision Online have accused Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe, secretary-general Raphael Tuju, and nominated MP Maina Kamanda of placing “hardliner conditions” against reconciliation efforts. The hardliners want DP Ruto to openly “disown” UDA, express support for BBI and apologise to the head of state for running a “parallel” government.
On the other hand, DP Ruto’s Tanga Tanga brigade led by Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet County and a host of Mount Kenya MPs like Moses Kuria, Kimani Ichungwa and Sarah Kihika have kept sounding war drums. They insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta would not be in power today if it was not for Ruto’s “massive” following.
“Where were the bishops when the deputy terrorised the President in 2018-19 when we started the Kieleweke team to ease the onslaught?” – Deputy Majority Whip Maoka Maore
Although both President Kenyatta and Ruto have never explained exactly why their relationship fell apart, it is understood they previously exchanged bitter text messages with the President reportedly accusing his deputy of running a parallel government.
A source said, “From the messages that I was shown, the differences between the two are personal and very deep. It will take a miracle for them to be ironed out,”. His opinion was echoed by many other MP’s close to both the president and his number two. Ruto says he is ready to bury the hatchet with the President after Catholic Bishops offered to broker a truce.
But a group of Uhuru allies laughed off the efforts, saying the clergy remained mum when Ruto laid siege against the President. “Where were the bishops when the deputy terrorised the President in 2018-19 when we started the Kieleweke team to ease the onslaught?” asked Deputy Majority Whip Maoka Maore. DP Ruto blamed his falling-out with Uhuru on what he termed gossip fed to the President by outsiders who joined the government, an apparent reference to ODM leader Raila Odinga and his brigade.
Ruto said the reconciliation should be fast-tracked to avoid plunging the country into further crisis and deepening hostility. “It should be done as soon as now because I do not have issues with my boss. We were voted for as a unit to lead and take forward this country,” Ruto said.
But keen political watchers say it’s this reasoning of we “were elected as a pair” that has enraged the president who is unable to discipline his deputy in any way. All he has managed to do is to sideline him from all official state functions and instead brought onboard new kids on the block who have little time for Ruto.
Whether a truce materialises less than a year before critical transition elections for Kenya’s 5th president remains to be seen. A lot will also depend on how the supreme court rules on the BBI which faces its last and final hurdle before either being “resurrected” or completely buried in the graveyard of failed laws.
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