Revealed: How President Uhuru Kenyatta Bought DP Ruto’s Support In 2013

KEY POINTS

  • Former Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju has opened up on what transpired before the formation of the Uhuruto government.
  • It however, still remains unclear the amount of money that Ruto was paid to offer his support to Uhuru.
  • Uhuru and Ruto joined forces in December 2012 a move that saw them take over the leadership of the country

Former Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju has opened up on what transpired before the formation of the Uhuru and Ruto government.

In an interview with a local station, Tuju claimed that Ruto accepted to support president Kenyatta’s bid for presidency at a fee and after a number of his conditions were met.

It however, still remains unclear the amount of money that Ruto was paid to offer his support to Uhuru.

“Let the people of Mount Kenya not think that Ruto supported Uhuru willingly in the first place, this is a person of blackmail. He was paid. I can confirm before a court of law how it went. He came with conditions that had to be met in order for him to back Uhuru. To him, politics is a business,” Tuju said.

Tuju warned that Ruto is not a person who can be trusted with the country’s finances and further urged Kenyans to vote for leaders because of their character.

“Trying to blackmail Kikuyus that he supported them is false. He was paid and this is someone you cannot trust with the Treasury and the Central Bank. What’s important in this election is the issue of character; what kind of person is William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua? Or Raila Odinga and Martha Karua,” Tuju said.

Uhuru and Ruto joined forces in December 2012 a move that saw them take over the leadership of the country in the general elections that were conducted in March 4, 2013.

The two leaders made the announcement during a joint rally in Nakuru, when they were still grappling with ICC cases.  At the time, Ruto was the leader of URP while Uhuru headed TNA. Their pact was cemented in 2016 with the formation of Jubilee.

“We have agreed we are uniting on behalf of the people of Kenya. Our alliance is not for fighting anyone. We are uniting for the sake of the people of Kenya,” Kenyatta said while on his side Ruto noted that, ”Those talking ill of Ruto and Uhuru are wasting their time. The ICC cases have formed the basis of debates but we are going to prove them wrong [and show] that Kenyans are united and want peace.”

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