Kenya’s Deputy President and Kenya Kwanza Presidential candidate William Ruto was reportedly paid billions to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State House bid in 2013, according to Executive Director of Azimio campaigns Raphael Tuju.
Speaking to Jeff Koinange on JKL Live, the ex-Jubilee Party Secretary General confessed that the DP demanded the big money so that he could convince his community to back Uhuru’s second attempt to occupy the house on the hill in the neck-to-neck Presidential race against Raila Odinga.
Going by Tuju’s revelations, Uhuru purchased DP Ruto’s support through cash that was paid upfront by well-wishers, and the remainder was settled by rewarding him with total control over government ministries like that of Finance and Agriculture.
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“A lot of people who supported President Uhuru went out of their way to collect this money and to make Ruto come on board…the amount was in billions. It was like an upfront payment. The final payment is through grabbing certain Ministries, making sure that Finance, Agriculture, and Infrastructure had his Cabinet Secretaries or Permanent Secretaries, and then he went on a looting spree,” Tuju said.
“It is 12 days to elections, and Kenyans need to know the truth.” He added.
The overtures from Tuju follow a moment when the once good friends DP Ruto and President Uhuru are embroiled in a roller coaster relationship that saw the latter shelve his promise to back the second in command in the 2022 General Elections.
Tuju says that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) leader owes his boss nothing as the 2013 bromance was conditional and paid. Thus, the Mount Kenya region is not entitled to vote for him in the August 9 polls.