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Uhuru's secret meeting with DP Ruto that flopped

J. M. Omondi
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[President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in a past event. The two are said to have differed on nominations to cabinet. Photo/Nation]

President Uhuru Kenyatta's attempts to reach a binding cabinet list with DP William Ruto early this week flopped, a Jubilee top lawyer has revealed.

Last week, the media reported fallout between the duo, a claim that was refuted by government operatives.

"They held a meeting for several hours on Tuesday  until late night and I don't think thorny issues were solved," said the Nyamira born lawyer, who spoke in confidence.

To cement his 2022 plan, it is believed, Ruto is pushing for a political oriented cabinet, a move that Uhuru seems to oppose.

And according to the source, Ruto's efforts to have a few ministers reinstated has been rejected with his tough stand on inclusion of Gideon Moi's allies also being the point of contention.

"He wants a few ministers who may help him politically reinstated and also believes Moi is being favoured.

"The meeting did not bear fruits before the president jetted to South Africa. They are yet to agree," added the source.

At least 13 ministers failed to make it to Uhuru's preferred when he announced partial cabinet last Friday.

Conspicuously missing from the event, Ruto has since dismissed speculations of fallout, insisting that nominations to cabinet was a presidential duty.

"Let us allow the president to assemble his team that will help us deliver. Avoid political innuendos that do not help," he said at a funeral in Meru.

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