In Summary
  • DP Ruto is said to have informed the DCI of the alleged assassination plot after seeing the contents of an anonymous letter spread on social media last week.

  • Former Law Society of Kenya chairman and publisher Ahmednasir Abdullahi called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to disband his Cabinet in wake of the claims.

The news that Deputy President William Ruto had made a report at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over an alleged plot to assassinate him caught many Kenyans by surprise.

Despite the numerous claims that a faction of the Jubilee administration was seeking to block Dr Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, the idea of him being silenced had not occurred to many Kenyans.

As such, it was rather unusual when Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya announced that they had been summoned with several of his colleagues from the Mt Kenya region over the alleged plot to kill the DP.

Mr Munya presented himself alongside Health CS Sicily Kariuki, ICT's Joe Mucheru, Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge, Petroleum PS Andrew Kamau and head of Presidential Delivery Unit Andrew Wakahiu to investigators at DCI on Monday morning.

From left: Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki, ICT CS Joe Mucheru, Trade CS Peter Munya, President's Delivery Unit Secretary Andrew Wakahiu and Energy PS Joseph Njoroge leave the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Headquarters on Kiambu Road, Nairobi, on June 24, 2019 where they denied claims of a plot to kill Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

REACTIONS

And given Kenyans’ prolific use of social media, they took to the internet to express their reactions.

“The pitfalls of relying on deep state to do your politics. Politics is about mobilization and spooks cannot address political rallies. All it took is one prank to scuttle Uhuru’s hare-brained plan to deploy government to do his politics. Tanga Tanga 3 - Kieleweke 0,” tweeted economist David Ndii.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria while speaking on NTV’s AM Live show on Tuesday, said he was the one who initiated similar meetings at Hotel La Mada, all focused on development.

“This whole meeting of La Mada including the choice of the hotel, I’m the one who initiated it because I am the coordinator of development in our region. Let us believe the investigative agencies are going to tell us the truth. Once they give us the truth it’ll be a turning point for this country,” said Mr Kuria.

But the Gatundu South lawmaker said he did not attend the particular meeting cited by Mr Ruto.

'RECKLESS PATH'

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