In Summary
  • The first-time MP is given to melodrama and incendiary statements, many bordering on hate speech and incitement.
  • The PS is a mere public servant who could hardly have the freedom to run his own political agenda.

When Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro made his appearance on a television talk show in the midst of his cat and mouse games with police following a church fracas, he blamed Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for his tribulations.

But that is a familiar accusation from the ‘Opposition’ troops of Deputy President William Ruto.

At every available opportunity, the clearly disgruntled faction within the governing Jubilee Party will accuse key government agencies of persecuting them because of their support for Mr Ruto.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, the key drivers of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s anti-corruption war, have been the main targets of their barbs.

However, the person most often singled out for special calumny is Dr Kibicho, who stands at a vantage point over key national security and administrative functions.

ACCUSATIONS

Mr Nyoro freely accused the PS not only of orchestrating his intended arrest, but also directing what would appear to be a national campaign of ultimately blocking the DP’s prospects of succeeding President Kenyatta in 2022.

He accused the PS of using the police to target Mr Ruto’s supporters in the Tangatanga faction and being the main contact point for Jubilee MPs in the rival Kieleweke, seen as loyal to President Kenyatta.

Mr Nyoro even accused Dr Kibicho of managing a political slush fund to finance Kieleweke activities; the apparent counter to the common accusations that Tangatanga MPs got handsome amounts of cash every weekend to accompany the DP on his campaign tours across the country.

Another accusation is that Dr Kibicho has been trying to get MPs to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), by which President Kenyatta has brought opposition leader Raila Odinga close to his side, presumably at the DP’s expense.

PUBLIC SERVANT

While heaping all the blame on Dr Kibicho, what Mr Nyoro and others in the Ruto group shy away from acknowledging is that, however powerful, the PS is a mere public servant who could hardly have the freedom to run his own political agenda.

If he is doing all that he is accused of, it would only be as a mere functionary serving the interests of a higher authority.

It follows that the PS is not the actual target of the attacks but President Kenyatta, who is obviously the one the DP’s camp thinks is directing the alleged anti-Ruto campaign.

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