It is clear Uhuru does not trust DP Ruto anymore — MP Ngunjiri Wambugu

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto. [Photo/File]

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has yet again claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta has lost trust in Deputy President William Ruto increasing the possibilities of a rift in the ruling Jubilee Party.

The allegations by the first-time MP come days after DP Ruto and a section of lawmakers allied to the Tangatanga political wing attacked Kieni MP Kanini Kega for delivering Sh500,000 on behalf of Kenyatta at the funeral of MP Rigathi Gachagua’s mother in Nyeri.

Kega in his speech said that the president sent him to deliver the money on his behalf but his sentiments were rubbished by DP Ruto who was also present at the event.

“You all know that there is only one person in Kenya who was sworn in to deputise the President. And I will do that very diligently. Everybody should do their job. Let us respect each other,” Ruto said.

From this exchange, Wambugu opined that indeed Uhuru does not trust his deputy that’s why he has resorted to sending emissaries to represent him.

“The president is not sending his deputy with contributions to functions (anymore) but the DP always says he has been sent with cash – which incidentally has been smaller compared with the DP’s own contribution,” said Wambugu.

“This begs the question; has the DP been lying when he goes to harambees in Mt Kenya? Could he be giving part of his own money – the small amounts, to try and show Mt Kenya people that he cares for them more than Uhuru?” he added.

However, to his defence, Kanini Kega said he was shocked by the reactions from DP Ruto and his Tanga Tanga team since he was playing his role as a messenger.

“I was shocked. The President talks to many people. I am an elected leader and his friend. In fact, I should be congratulated that I delivered the money,” he said.

This is not the first time Uhuru has been sending MPs to deliver his monies at funerals, he did send Murang’s Women Representative Sabina Chege to deliver his contributions at a function in Maragua.

And on Wednesday he did Kega to deliver his condolences to the family of Laikipia politician Maitho Murigu.

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