Political analyst Herman Manyora has called out Deputy President William Ruto over a recording in which the presidential hopeful is heard addressing Kikuyu elders in a meeting held on Friday at his official Karen residence in Nairobi.
The leaked audio recording sheds light on the tense hours following the unprecedented judgment of the Supreme Court.
However, Manyora insists DP Ruto should remember that his association with the commander in chief made him sidestep the International Criminal Court (ICC) case and eventually become second in command.
“It his association with Uhuru that saved him from his case against humanity at the ICC and should detest from over glorifying his contribution in the jubilee administration, let Uhuru brag but not Ruto,” Manyora said.
According to the audio DP Ruto was locked in a heated argument that almost turned into a physical confrontation with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta in the hours following the annulment of their 2017 election win.
Manyora further said the if really the president made the comments was not a statement of fact given the nature of the job and
“If Uhuru made the statement, it was an expression of anger, disgust, disappointment but not a statement of facts and he (Ruto) should accept Uhuru made him and placed him where he is now,” Manyora added.
The outspoken Manyora further challenged DP Ruto to exchange notes with him if he really believes he is a kingmaker.
“If he thinks he made Uhuru president let him make himself the next commander in chief come August 9, and we shall be obliged to exchange notes,” Manyora said.
In the alleged audio Ruto told the Kikuyu elders that President Kenyatta was so distraught by the Supreme Court judgment, which ordered a repeat of Kenya’s election, that he nearly gave up the fight for a second-term in office, and it was only due to his insistence that he agreed to run again in the second poll that was boycotted by the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
The Kikuyu elders who visited DP Ruto at his Karen residence included President Kenyatta’s cousin, Captain Kung’u Muigai.
DP Ruto has since fallen out with his boss Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto is expected to go head-to-head with Azimio la Umoja presidential hopeful Raila Odinga in the fast-approaching August polls.
Uhuru has since declared Raila is his preferred candidate in the upcoming elections.