It has now emerged that Deputy President William Ruto had resolved to vie against President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 general election but was dissuaded after he went to see a pastor about the move.
Ruto’s pastor reveals how he pleaded with DP not to run against Uhuru in 2017
Insider reveals 2015 incident that made Ruto's team to smell betrayal
The revelation was made by popular Ghanaian Rev Nicholas Duncan Williams who says Ruto went to see him accompanied by his wife Rachael and a small team of advisors.
In a video posted in May 2018, Williams mentions the DP in his sermon, saying he had advised him against him against challenging his boss and asked him to wait for 2022.
“Before the Kenyan elections, the DP came to see me. He was planning for elections as President and he came with his wife and some team and we prayed. I said it is not your time, you will not win. I said if you join Mr. Kenyatta as his vice, you will win…and he went and joined and he is the DP today,” the Reverend says.
The Nation on Wednesday reported that Ruto had smelt betrayal after political strategist Tony Gachoka presented a constitutional amendment to President Kenyatta, on behalf of ODM Leader Raila Odinga.
Kenyatta’s TNA party had shown support for the proposals, causing fear in the DP’s camp as confirmed by the current Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
"My alarm bells about shady things going behind our backs went off in 2015 when we first became aware of proposals to amend the constitution and create the positions of two deputy presidents and a prime minister. There is nothing wrong with that but the party had not discussed things with such drastic implications,” Linturi, whose wife Maryanne Keitanny was Ruto’s chief of staff, told the Nation on Wednesday.
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