If You Can’t Join Us, Beat Us: Ruto’s Ultimatum to Daily Nation

Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has come out guns blazing over a story published in a local daily on Monday, alleging that President Uhuru Kenyatta played him over push for the amendment of the Public Finance Management Regulations.

Daily Nation ran a story titled “How Uhuru Pulled a Fast One on Ruto” on Monday. The article alleged that the president turned to opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to help him push a motion to raise the government’s borrowing ceilings.

This, according to the paper, was after Uhuru had directed the DP to rally MPs and ensure that the motion sails through Parliament, but Ruto asked him to call for a Jubilee Party’s Parliamentary Group meeting.

(Bottom) The Monday article that got DP Ruto worked up, terming it as fake news

The article alleged that even though Uhuru had agreed to do so, he changed his mind at the last minute without informing his deputy and turned to the opposition.

However, Ruto has come out guns blazing over the article, terming at fake news because he chaired the meeting which approved the motion even before it went to parliament.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Ruto blasted Daily Nation and told them to consider registering as a political party and compete with Jubilee.

“Unfortunately for Nation, Uhuruto is inseparable. They should either register as a political party then compete with Jubilee or operate a gutter journal for Makotsi to run,” he angrily vented.

In the article, the Nation quotes a senior opposition MP confirming that Uhuru did, indeed, reach out to the opposition for support.

“It’s true the President reached out to Mr Odinga who assured him of his support, because it was politically strategic for him not to go the PG way,” the anonymous source is quoted as saying.

The Nation also reports having spoken to Ruto’s spokesman, David Mugonyi, who disputed the claims.

“You cannot claim to be aware of a conversation between the President and his deputy,” Mr Mugonyi is quoted as saying in the article.

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