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Gloves Off!! Ruto And Kutuny Engage In A Fierce War Of Words


Sept. 11, 2019

Deputy President William Ruto and his fiercest critic from his  Rift Valley backyard Joshua Kutuny have decided to throw caution to the  wind and are now engaging in unprecedented and unguarded attacks  directed at each other.
For a while,  Dr Ruto had avoided addressing the Cherangany MP’s endless virulent  attacks, instead preferring to use his allies to respond to the lawmaker  since they fell out again last year.
But even as leaders close to him responded to  Mr Kutuny, the MP has continued to be a thorn in the flesh. Dr Ruto  finally decided to use a function at the legislator’s constituency last  Friday to directly respond to Mr Kutuny.
He accused Mr Kutuny of being “bought and used” to cause trouble in his Rift Valley stronghold.
“I  am asking the people of Cherangany to join me as we plan development  activities for this area. Some of these leaders you have here go to  Nairobi and when they are there, they are easily excited by other  people. They are then given money and asked to cause trouble back at  home, forgetting that they are doing so to the detriment of their  people. I am asking you to forgive them,” said the DP in reference to Mr  Kutuny’s recent attacks against him.
It was the first time he was addressing the MP  directly since the last elections. The two had fallen out before but  appeared to have mended fences before the 2017 polls only to part ways  again.
Mr Kutuny is now the de facto  leader of Kieleweke team in the Rift Valley, the Jubilee faction opposed  to Dr Ruto’s candidacy in the 2022 polls. Other than Mr Kutuny, Tiaty  MP William Kamket, Baringo Woman Representative Gladwell Tungo and  Moiben MP Sila Tiren have joined the group.
The DP and Mr Kutuny have not seen eye-to-eye  since Mr Kutuny was picked as the president’s political adviser after  losing the parliamentary seat to Mr Wesley Korir in 2013.
In  2015, Mr Ruto accused Mr Kutuny, who was then a political adviser of  President Uhuru Kenyatta, of praying hard for him to be jailed at the  International Criminal Court at The Hague when the cases were still  alive. The ICC case collapsed in 2016 for lack of evidence.
Mr  Kutuny’s close relationship with former State House operative Nancy  Gitau is said to have strained the relationship between two.
Dr Ruto’s allies have always accused Ms Gitau of being behind the machinations to frustrate the DP.
The  cold relationship between the two leaders persisted to the 2017  elections as the DP largely avoided campaigning for him despite being a  Jubilee candidate.
Responding to the DP, Mr Kutuny vowed to continue with the battle, saying he would not be scared by anyone.
~ Daily Nation
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