Leaked letter exposes conflict in Uhuru & Ruto's office

Troubled administration

President Uhuru and DP William Ruto

A leaked letter purported to have been leaked from the Presidency advising the Attorney General on how to deal with the row between the National Assembly and the Senate has exposed the conflict between President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's aides.

State House disowned the letter saying “it is not genuine” and “does not represent the views of the President.”

The letter seeks to raise concerns that it would be unconstitutional to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Fund to finance government operations pursuant to the Appropriations Act.

Letter forged

According to the Standard Newspaper, a senior official in the President’s office dismissed the letter as a “forgery”.

Ruto’s aides denied State House’s claim that the author of the letter works in the DP’s office, insisting he has a position in the Office of the President.

The note is said to have been signed by Justus Nyamunga, the Secretary, Budget and Policy Strategy and had ‘The Presidency’ letterhead printed on.

DP Ruto's Ruto's Director of Communications Emmanuel Talam denied that the letter originated from their office saying that anyone making the allegation should state the real agenda they are executing.

County funds row

However, the Standard claimed that a State House official said the office of Chief of Staff and that of the Head of Public Service were separated in January last year and official letterheads changed.

The letter comes amid an ongoing stalemate where Governors and Senators insist that the counties are entitled to Ksh335 billion that Commission on Revenue Allocation gave them and not the Ksh316 billion set aside by Parliament.

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