Former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto has explained the intricate details surrounding his acrimonious fallout with Deputy President William Ruto.
Rutto, a wealthy South Rift politician fell out with Deputy President when he was first elected the chair of Council of Governors (CoG).
It is through this position of influence that the former Chepalungu MP would advocate for more resources to the counties, much to the chagrin of DP Ruto who thought he was punching way above his weight.
Using his influence and popularity at the time, Isaac Ruto broke ranks with DP Ruto after several run-ins during political rallies in Bomet ahead of the 2017 General elections.
It was, however, his decision to form Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) Party that depicted just how strained the relations had become.
Speaking to K24’s Anne Kiguta, the former Governor remarked that DP Ruto was a dictatorial character who always insisted on having his opinions carry the day.
“He insists on having his opinion on everything,” Rutto stated, “Kenyans can judge him from what he’s been doing.”
The former governor has been on a warpath with the Deputy President whom he says is a paranoid politician who thinks Constitutional changes would hamper his 2022 Presidential ambitions.
Ruto has openly been opposed to the March 9, 2019 handshake between President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying the former Prime Minister had sneaked into government to wreck the ruling Jubilee Party.
DP Ruto has also opposed the push for a referendum to change the leadership structures, saying the Government should never create positions for election losers.
Rutto would join the NASA brigade after enduring several taunts by DP Ruto who was in a bid to stamp his authority in the Rift.
With Kenyatta then having Central Kenya solidly behind his back, DP Ruto successfully campaigned Isaac Rutto out of the Gubernatorial seat, losing to a rather politically inexperienced (the late) Dr Joyce Laboso.
DP Ruto, bolstered with the support from all the Members of Parliament from Bomet except then Women Rep Cecilia Ngetich, would sweep over all the seats in the county.