In Summary
  • Ruto's team strongly holds that Mr Kenyatta’s war on corruption is actually meant to tame the DP’s chances of ascending to power.
  • On the lifestyle audit for public servants, the DP stated that this was another ploy by his political detractors to pin him down.

Dr Adams Oloo, political science teacher who now co-chairs Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) with Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji, once observed that the criminal cases that collapsed at The Hague-based court against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto was the hip bone that joined the duo and that, in its absence, they would likely part ways.

It may be too soon to call it divorce, but the past one year has been turbulent for the Jubilee administration, with Mr Kenyatta and Dr Ruto openly reading from different scripts.

When they joined forces in late 2012 to run for office, they were fondly referred to as the dynamic duo, but today their allies are going for each other’s jugular, with the Deputy President's inner circle saying they can smell betrayal.

Today, compared with the issues that bring them together, analysts say the points of departures out-number instances where the two agree.

DECISION-MAKING

In the past, the two consulted on almost all public appointments. Allies of Dr Ruto say this is no longer the case as the President more often than not acts unilaterally.

Dr Ruto even appeared to acknowledge this in public when, early last year, he asked the public to give the President ample time to compose his government.

Mr Kenyatta was in the process of constituting his Cabinet, this time without the fanfare and Dr Ruto missing in action, unlike in 2013 when they first came to power.

The President must have been sending a signal that he is in charge, firmly.

On Saturday, DP Ruto blamed ODM leader Raila Odinga for woes facing the ruling party.

VALUELESS

He said Mr Odinga is taking advantage of the handshake with President Kenyatta to rock Jubilee.

“If you mean uniting Kenya, then let’s do that by our actions. But you cannot say you are uniting when in actual sense you are dividing them. You are busy wrecking other political parties,” Dr Ruto said while addressing a crowd in Kilifi.

Mr Odinga however maintains that he did not have the powers and intention to create a wedge between Mr Kenyatta and Dr Ruto.

MPs coalescing around the DP say reading from the goings-on, the second in command has outlived his usefulness.

“We were together as Jubilee Party under the slogan "Tuko Pamoja" (we are together). But are we really together?” Majority Whip Ben Washiali, a member of the DP's war council, wonders.

He argues that if the kind of chemistry the President enjoyed with the DP before existed, Mr Rashid Echesa, a Ruto man, would not have been kicked out of the Cabinet nine days ago.

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Talk of changing the law ahead of the next General Election has also been a point of tension between the two.

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