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Ruto fires warning shots at Uhuru

Jackson O'Mogeni
Deputy President William Ruto. [Photo/Nation]

Although he may have appeared to support peace deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his political nemesis Raila Odinga, deputy president William Ruto seems to have made a U-turn.

Quite predictably though, the country's second in command has warned about the peace deal albeit indirectly despite silence by his boss, Uhuru.

Few days after Raila's visist to retired president Daniel Moi, and with the presence of Tiaty MP William Kamket, the DP seems to have read a riot act against any attempts to short change him.

While Kamket insists that Raila could back Gideon Moi in 2022 polls, his controversial bill and the mistery surrounding Kabarnet visist could have sent shivers within DP Ruto's camp.

"My bosses must understand that we are not interested in creation of posts for some individuals. It is people who will make their choices.

"Nobody can impose constitutional amendments on us that we have a Prime Minister elected by MPs. That is unacceptable and we shall fight back," he said in Eldoret on Sunday, a message indirectly linking Uhuru with boardroom deals with Raila.

Even though Uhuru has remained mum on his deal with Raila, the former PM has been holding high delegation meeting followed by handshakes that communicates a lot.

Interestingly, Ruto was not invited in the handshake meeting, something that may have infuriated him.

While the Baringo senator Gideon Moi denies any links with Uhuru, pundits believe that the president could be indirectly supporting him over Ruto.

"Nothing happens by coincidence. These handshakes have something negative to Ruto and he may have noticed. Uhuru could be backing them," says Prof. Nyachieo Bogonko.

In the event of constitutional amendments, Kenya is set to have a parliamentary system, a move that Ruto is ready to oppose.

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